Desert Campus: A History of
Barstow Community College
By Catherine Feher-Elston
Barstow Community College
“Be proud of who you are. Be proud of where you came from,”
Cliff Walker, Barstow high school and college teacher
On behalf of our dedicated faculty, staff and administrators, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Barstow Community College (BCC) where we are committed to helping you achieve your academic and career goals.
In June of 2018, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges reaffirmed that BCC meets the high standards of excellence in education and services set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation means that BCC provides degrees and certificates that are recognized by other colleges, universities and employers throughout the world.
Whether you are coming to BCC straight from high school, preparing for a career change, returning to college to finish a degree, or laying the foundation for an advanced degree, we have certificate and degree programs that will fit your needs. BCC has gained a reputation for its small class sizes and easy access to caring faculty and dedicated counselors who are ready to help you develop your educational plans and guide you to completion. We also offer vibrant student life opportunities with a variety of clubs, theatre and music groups, and athletics.
We continue to grow our Career and Technical Education programs in alignment with local and regional business and industry needs, programs that have been recognized two years in a row by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as a “Strong Workforce Star” because of the significant wage gains realized by our graduates.
We are honored to serve the educational needs of active service men and women and their dependents at our satellite campus at the Fort Irwin National Training Center and our veteran students at all of our locations. Barstow Community College also boasts a robust and high quality offering of Distance Learning courses and supports to meet the needs of adult learners who require flexible scheduling.
The BCC campus has been aptly described as an “oasis in the desert.” Our beautifully-maintained campus boasts a new Performing Arts Center with capacity for 750 guests and a state-of-the-art Wellness Center. In addition, the campus has a 5-acre Solar Array that generates more than 90% of the college’s electrical needs. So while our campus has been around for more than 50 years, we are growing, and continue to expand our programs and facilities to serve our students and the community.
At BCC your success is our priority. It is the driving force behind everything we do. Our entire staff is committed to working with you to help make your time here as enjoyable and productive as possible. Thank you again for selecting Barstow Community College.
Dr. Eva Bagg