As I speak and listen to people in our community, I sense their feelings of angst, despair, fear and uncertainty about our current state and the future amid this COVID-19 pandemic. While our current economic climate has been a challenge for many of us, higher education is one way each of us can take control of our own destiny and help create the future we want to see.

In the midst of widespread unemployment and economic austerity, now has never been a better time to enroll at Bakersfield College. While most of us are sheltered in place, we can take advantage of this time to upskill or chart a new career path to compete in tomorrow’s job market, or post-COVID-19 economy, and be able to do this all from the comfort and safety of your own home.