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About BCC

The College

Barstow Community College (BCC) is an open-access, comprehensive two-year institution serving a diverse student population in the Mojave region of San Bernardino County, California. The College’s campus is located in the City of Barstow, California, situated in California’s high desert, between Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Established in 1959, the Barstow Community College District (BCCD) encompasses a vast service area, stretching from the Nevada border on the East to Kern County on the West, and from Inyo County in the North to the San Bernardino Mountain range in the South. BCCD serves the communities of Barstow, Lenwood, Newberry Springs, Daggett, Yermo, Hinkley, Ludlow and Baker. The institution also maintains a satellite learning center at the U.S. Army National Training Center in Ft. Irwin, California, which serves military personnel and their families.

The Study

BCC provides the first two years of college or university study as part of the California State Community College System of Higher Education. The College’s educational programs include lower-division college coursework and general education offerings for transfer to baccalaureate degree institutions. The College also provides a skilled work-force through credit-based classes and contract training that meets the needs of employers and provides students with relevant 21st century career and technical education that leads to academic achievement and successful employment in a global economy. To further assist students, the College offers an extensive range of pre-collegiate basic skills courses in Mathematics, Reading and English to those who need additional academic support before matriculating into a college degree, certificate and/or transfer program.

Program Highlights

Student Success – In addition to the traditional full array of student services, including services for disabled students (DSPS), Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS), veterans and military education services, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS), Transfer and Career Center, and financial aid services, Barstow Community College has launched a new program dedicated to the success of local high school graduates. All high school seniors are afforded the opportunity to participate in College Days held through the spring when they can join in orientation and assessment activities. These activities, in collaboration with local school districts, can lead to stronger starts to students' college careers and assist them in pursuing higher education with confidence. In addition to activities in the spring, students may choose to participate in the summer fast track program. This program provides students with intensive study in Math or English which may allow them to bypass non-transferrable preparatory courses.

Transfer Degrees – The California Community Colleges and the California State Universities worked together to create associate degrees for transfer. Successful community college students can be awarded associate degrees that guarantees 60 transfer units. BCC has many transfer degrees to choose from. A complete list can be found in the annual college catalog.

Associates Degrees and Certificates / Career and Technical Education (CTE) – Many associates degrees and certificates offered by the College are in the emerging Career and Technical Education fields which the college has emphasized over the past five years. The College has developed occupational programs for entry into the workforce as well as advancing skill sets of incumbent workers. To meet the evolving professional development needs of local and regional businesses, the College is now offering contract educational and training offerings tailored to the working professional and the unique demands of local and regional businesses.

Partnership with the Military – The College has proudly provided services to our military personnel and their families since 1981. Our faculty and staff ensure a high-quality education that prepares the military students for life-long learning. Our main campus and satellite campus at Fort Irwin National Training Center provide live and online courses leading to certificates and degrees in various fields of study. Our extensive online programs also provide education and student services to military members located throughout Europe, Asia and the middle East.