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Migrant Education

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Out of School Youth

Identification and Recruitment, Summer Residential Program, Academic and Support Service Referrals. Contact Salvador Avalos at (661)636-4772 or; Gabriela Bravo at (661)636-4333 or

Migrant students may receive supplemental services funded by Migrant Education, up to age 22, if they have not graduated from high school or received a High School Equivalency Diploma.

Out-of-School Youth (OSY), usually 18-22 years of age, who are not participating in any educational services in a K-12 institution (e.g., comprehensive high school, continuation school, school districts’ adult education program) are serviced via the Region V Migrant Education Program or high schools receiving additional Migrant Education monies.

Migrant young adults usually have many obstacles to overcome in order for them to continue their education. They may need support services such as – medical; dental; transportation to an education site; and/or help in securing child care (if they are also parents of young children). Non-Attending migrant young adults may be difficult to locate if they do not have younger brothers and sisters in the school system. Some have not had the opportunity to attend school or have very little schooling and do not speak English. Many migrant young adults who have attended school in the United States, dropped out because of frequent moves due to work, poverty, and feelings of isolation in the schools they did attend.

Academic Programs and Services

The major goal of Region V Migrant Education for these young adults, is to assist them in continuing their educational (which includes graduation from high school or earning a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED)). If a student is under the age of 18 and is not attending school, a “reentry program” to get them into school is coordinated with the student’s local high school. Migrant students over the age of 18 are offered a variety of choices based on their educational goals, work schedules, educational levels, languages and support service needs.

  • Adult Education

    (e.g., GED, ESL, Short Term Programs etc.)


    1.Bakersfield Adult Education

    Kern High School District
    501 S Mt. Vernon Ave.,
    Bakersfield CA

    Marie Parks, Head Counselor
    (Spanish Speaking)

    Frances Espericuetta,
    Migrant Community

    GED-English Tutoring, Testing & classes
    GED-Spanish Testing only
    (Fairview School-Greenfield Spanish GED classes)
    ESL- Day and Night

    Regular High School Diploma (If over 18 yr. old)
    Short Term Certification Programs (10 courses)

    Citizenship Preparation

    Office Hours:
    7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    5:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Close on Wed. nights

    (661) 835-1855
    (661) 835-9612


    (661) 322-7492(phone)
    (661) 322-2738(fax)
    Career Resource Division

    • Staff Speaks Spanish
    • Child Care offered        
          Six weeks old to Pre-K, six hours a day for full
      time students at main campus offered for night students also.

    • Ask about the Re-Entry Education Career Attainment Program

    2. Delano Adult Ed.

    1747 Princeton St.
    Delano, CA 93215

    Contact: Alfred Sanchez, Principal
    (661) 725-4000 Tel               4171/4172 ext.
    720-4171 or 720-4172

    GED- English Classes and Testing
    GED Spanish Classes, Testing
    ESL (Certification provided)
    California Proficiency Test
    Regular High School Diploma (If over 18 years old)
    Certification & Computer Programs

    Office Hours:

    7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Regular School Year:
    7: 30a.m. – 9: 00 p.m.

    (661) 725-4000
    Ext. 4171 or 4172

    • Child Care (if over 3 years old)
    • Staff is Spanish Speaking
    3. Southern Kern Adult Education
    Glendower St.
    Rosamond, CA 93560
    Contact: Richard Eubanks, Principal

    High School Diploma Classes
    Basic Education Classes

    Office Hours:
    All classes are held
    5:00-9:00 p.m.
    (661) 256-5090
    Fax: (661) 256-6868


    4. Taft Union High School District

    701 7th Street
    Taft CA. 93268

    West Side Regional Occupational Program
    515 Ninth Street
    Taft, CA 93268

    Contact: William Wickwire
    Contact:  Rosemary Day
    -Independent Studies


    Computer Short Term Certification

    Certification Programs:

    Computer Classes

    High School


    Independent Study
    Program-Out-of School
    Youth Program

    Office Hours:
    7:00 am –4:00 p.m.

    (661) 765-7185
    Fax: (661) 763-2300

    (661) 763-7508
    Office hours for
    independent studies
    7:00-3:30 pm

    • Can have someone call Spanish speaking clients back if needed

    5. North Kern Vocational Training Center

    2150 7th St,
    Wasco, CA 93280

    Contact: Glenda Santillan, Director
    (661) 725- 4187
    Delano Center

    Gloria Hill,
    (661) 758-3045
    Wasco Center

    Short Term Certification
    Classes- (e.g. Health Careers, Auto Technology, Law Enforcement, Computer
    Application, Welding, etc.)
    Transportation Provided

    Office Hours
    7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    (661) 758-3045 Wasco

    • Bilingual Staff
    • Course charge is $30.00 for services.

  • Community Colleges and Universities

    (e.g., Pre GED/GED, ESL, INEA (Adult Ed. Courses in Spanish), ESL, Short Term Certification Programs, etc.)


    1. Kern Community College District

    Bakersfield College
    1801 Panorama Drive
    Bakersfield, CA

    Contact: Manuel Gonzales, Director EOPS
    (661) 395-4351

    Rosa Ocampo, Outreach
    Delano Campus
    (661) 725-8020
    Corney Rodriguez, Director
    Career Development
    (661) 395-4348 Tel.

    California High School Proficiency Exam Testing Center

    GED Testing
    College Readiness Program

    College Education

    Office Hours:

    7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. – Noon

    (661) 395-4351

    Jennifer Tessandori
    (661) 395-4351
    Baldemar P. Gutierrez Jr. (661) 395-4255

    • Fee waivers
    • Child Care Information
    • Book Services
    • Stipends and/or other financial aid

    2. California State University, Bakersfield
    HEP Program
    9001 Stockdale Highway
    Bakersfield, CA 93311

    Luis Montaño,Director.
    (661) 665-6752 phone
    (661) 665-6775 Fax

    Jose Ortiz; Placement Specialist 665-6758
    Irene Monroe; Recruitment Specialist 665-6759

    GED Preparation
    English/Spanish Instruction


    Summer Residential Program @ CSUB

    Commuter Sites

    Office Hours:
    Mon.- Fri. -5: 00 p.m.
    (661) 665-6754 Phone

    • Some assistance with transportation cost
    • Placement Services
    • Cultural Activities
    • Field Trips
    • Pay for GED exam $75.00

    3. West Kern Community College
    Taft College

    29 Emmons Park Dr., Taft, CA 93268

    (661) 763-7700
    Fax: (661) 763-7705

    Jeff Ross
    (661) 763-7776 Phone

    Ruben Arreola
    (661) 763-7826 Phone

    Abel Nuñez
    (661) 763-7715 Phone

    Short Term Certification and Transfer programs

    Basic Skill Classes (including GED in both English and Spanish)

    Pre GED English/Spanish

    Office Hours:
    7:30 a.m. –9:00 p.m.

    (661) 763-7748

  • Child Care
  • Stipends and/or other financial aid
  • Medical Center
  • Housing on Campus
  • Programs/Agencies

    (Residential Programs, Job Training, Counseling, Financial Aide, etc.)


    1. Conservation Corps
    1412 17th Street Suit 458
    Bakersfield, CA 93301

    Contact: Irma Chacon
    (661) 395-2866

    Work and education training programs

    GED (English/Spanish)
    Take College Courses
    Training programs
    Include: Park Internships, Energy Specialist, Food Specialist, Firefighting,
    Construction, Landscaping, etc.,

    Office Hours:
    Monday – Friday
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Placement in one week after application/medical info. Completed
    Orientations every Wednesday in Bakersfield
    (661) 395-2866

    • Ages 18-23
    • Enjoys working outside
    • Paid for 40 hours per week
    • Residential Programs
    • Medical Coverage
    • Paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays

    2. Job Corps
    1727 19th Street
    Bakersfield, CA 93301

    Contact: Diane Dominguez
    (661) 633-2921 Phone
    (661) 864-0243 Fax
    Mr. John Nilon
    (661) 336-6849
    Fax: 336-6858

    Vocational Training Program (155 different
    training programs)

    Vocational training in Health Occupations, Dental Assistant, Business, Auto
    Mechanic, Welding, Optician, Plumber, etc.

    Office Hours:
    Orientations every week in Bakersfield

    Placement usually takes two months

    Residential Programs

    (661) 864-0209 or
    (661) 633-2921

    • Ages 16-24 years old who meet the economic/geographic criteria
    • Program pays for room, board, medical, dental, money for clothes
    • Allowance for day to day expenses
    • Daycare services (some sites) for students living off campus

    3. Migrant MATES
    (Mobile AmeriCorps Teams in Education and Services

    1300 17th Street
    City Centre
    Bakersfield, CA

    Contact:Peggie Rodriguez, Program Coordinator
    Alicia Garcia, Assistant
    (661) 636-4358

    Full time positions
    Full time M-F
    8:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.
    K-12 Students in Bakersfield, Delano, Lamont, Shafter, Buttonwillow

    (Must be High School graduate, or High School Equivalent Diploma (e.g. GED))

    Office Hours:
    Monday – Friday
    8:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.
    (661) 636-478


    • By
      August 31, the Migrant MATES will strive to achieve the
      -Tutored students will achieve at least one of four academic goals by
      the end of the school year: Graduate from high school or earn a GED;
      Improve grades in Language Arts and/or Math; Move up one level on State
      -AMC members will demonstrate improvements in skills and knowledge
      related to leadership, tutoring and migrant
      services.      -Recruite at least 40 community
      volunteers to provide short-term service in the Reading is Fundamental
      (RIF) during the program
      -Out-of-School Youth mentored by and serving alongside the Americorps
      Members will return to school and graduate or earn their GEDs .

     *Note:  Participants receive
    $2,363 educational award at end of service (one year)    

    Every member if
    eligible is allowed to serve for two years.

    4. Employers Training Resource
    (Career Services Center)

    2001 28th Street
    Bakersfield, CA 93301

    Contact: Juan Vega Jr. Analyst
    (661) 336-6934

    Rosa DeLeon, Career Advisor
    (661) 336-6921

    Over 150 different vocational training programs located 
    throughout Kern County.

    Job Training courses available.

    • Vocational training
    • Job search services
    • Work
    • On the job training

    Office Hours:
    Monday – Friday
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    For potential clients please refer them to 1-800-334-5670
    (661) 336-6820
    Stockdale CSC
    South East CSC
    Lamont CSC
    Shafter CSC
    Delano CSC
    Taft CSC

    • Target group: 18 yrs. or older.
    • In order to better serve the community, the ETR needs for all potential clients to attend a mandatory orientation session.
    • Orientation days and times vary according to each CSC location
    • Call for the CSC nearest you

    5. Career Beginnings- CSUB
    9001 Stockdale Highway
    Bakersfield, CA 93311

    Contact: Peter Rivera
    (661)665-6777 phone
    (661) 665-6502 fax

    Academic Advisor
    Davina Hoyt

  • Target population:
    Juniors and Seniors
    in high school
  • OSY 18-21
  • Work Study
  • Remedial Courses: Math and English
  • Year Round Program
  • Workshops
  • Mentoring Program
  • Community Service Projects
  • Office Hours:
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Office numbers:
    (661)665-6777 phone
    (661)665-6502 fax

  • ETR funded
  • Eligibility:
  • Low income
    Meet certain barriers
  • Bilingual staff
  • Field trips
  • Career Fair
  • Cultural Activities
  • 6. Regional Occupational Center

    Kern High School District Regional Occupational Center

    501 So. Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Bakersfield, CA 93307

    Contact: Randy Townsend
    (661) 831-3327 phone
    (661) 398-8239 fax

  • Provides an extensive curriculum, including
    skilled training in occupational fields.
  • Low student teacher ratio.
  • Career information
  • Career planning
  • Employment placement
  • Office Hours
    7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Web site:

  • The mission of the ROC is to prepare high school
    students (juniors and seniors) and adults for entry level employment
  • 7. Kern Work Force 2000
    Click HERE
    for Work Force Web site

    Target population:
    14-19 years old.
    Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

    For more information contact your local high school
    administrator/ counselor or click
    here to visit the following web site.

  • Work Force 2000 Academy is currently providing
    education for approximately 750 at risk and recently out-of-school students
    in Bakersfield, Shafter, Lamont, Lake Isabella, and surrounding areas of
    Kern County.
  • 8. California MiniCorps-CSUB
    9001 Stockdale Highway
    Bakersfield, CA 93311

    Alma R. Kumar,
    (661)654-2429 phone
    (661)654-6745 fax

    Target population:
    Any Community College / University student of migrant background or any
    student who possesses key knowledge of the Migrant life style

    Office Hours:
    site visitations

  • This program is gear to serve and guide students
    who are planning on becoming teachers.
  • 9. Westec Training Center
    Postal address:
    210 E. Center St., Taft
    CA 93268, USA

    Mr. Dick Mallard,
    WESTEC Director

  • Short Term Certification
  • Early field experience/li>
  • Office machines available to students
  • Some offered in spanish or bilingual (english / spanish)
  • Day and times vary based on the type of training
    866-493-7832(toll free)
    fax (661)763-5162
    Electronic mail:

  • Graduates experience a high percentage of placement
    in the work force.
  • 10. GEAR UP,
    California State University, Bakersfield

    9001 Stockdale Highway
    Bakersfield, CA 93311

    Rosa Ocampo,
    Parent/Mentor Coordinator
    (661) 665-6168 Phone
    (661)665- 6521 Fax

    GEAR UP prepares students to go to college by providing them with services in the following five areas:

    1. Academic support
    2. Guidance & counseling
    3. College readiness
    4. Career awareness
    5. Educational, motivational and cultural enrichment

    For more information contact:
    Michelle Stoddard
    (661) 664-2489 phone

  • Early intervention program
  • Migrant High School Resource/Lead Teachers

    1.  Arvin High School
    Jack Serros/Elisa Pacheco, Nicholas Espinosa
    Telephone #: 854-5561 Ext. 78
    Fax #: 854-5943

    2.  Bakersfield High School
    Leslie O’Connor/Angie Ortiz
    Telephone #: 324-9841 Ext. 71130
    Fax #: 324-3401

    3.  East Bakersfield High School
    Raul Martinez/Florisela Flores
    Telephone #: 871-7221 Ext. 26
    Fax #: 872-7221

    4.  Foothill High School
    Carol Garrison/Gina Alfaro
    Telephone #: 366-4491 Ext. 60
    Fax #: 363-6223

    5.  Golden Valley High School
    Jane Gibbel/Leticia Flores
    Telephone #: 827-0800 Ext. 67811
    Fax #: 827-0480

    6.  Ridgeview High School
    Betty Duotwal/Lorry Kraft
    Telephone #: 398-3100
    Fax #: 398-9758

    7.  Shafter High School
    Gary Pederson/ Thresa Pina
    Telephone #: 746-4961 Ext. 24
    Fax #: 746-6743

    8.  South High School
    Clifton Johnson/Hope Torrez
    Telephone #: 831-3180 Ext. 51
    Fax #: 837-2756

    9.  West High School
    Lucille Monroig/Hope Torrez
    Telephone #: 832-2822 Ext. 78180
    Fax #: 837-2756

    10.  Taft High School
    Julie Graves/Rosa Clark
    Telephone #: 763-3113
    Fax #: 763-1445

    11.  Maricopa High School
    Juan López/Bertha Toro
    Telephone #: 769-82317
    Fax #: 769-8168

    12. Wasco High School
    Irma Prado/Carmen Ruiz
    Telephone #: 758-7400 Ext. 45007
    Fax #: 758-9201

  • Academic Program Descriptions

    Program Language, Age and/or Grade Levels Descriptions Locations /Contacts

    1. INEA (Adult Education Program from Mexico)

    (recommended for 9th grade –Adults)
    Preliterate- secondary

    INEA is the Adult Education Program
    from Mexico. Secondary age students and adults who are non or limited
    English speaking are provided instruction and materials in Spanish in
    all content areas (e.g., math, reading, science, etc.). It may be used
    as a Pre-GED Program for students are preparing to take the GED
    in Spanish. It may also be used for students who want to receive certification
    from Mexico. Secondary teachers may also want to use it in high school

    Locations, days and times to be determined
    based on migrant students’ needs.
    Start up dates fall and/or early spring 2002. Contact Mayra Garza
    Phone: (661) 636-4398
    Region V Migrant Education
    Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office

    2. GED (high school equivalency diploma)

    English or Spanish
    (recommended for 18 year olds-adults)
    Levels-5th grade reading/math in English or Spanish

    The GED is the high school equivalency
    diploma that is offered in all states in the United States. In order to
    earn this diploma students must past five tests. The GED is recommended
    for students who want to obtain higher paying jobs and/or attend college.
    Students who cannot attend high school, have too many units to complete
    or are older Spanish speaking students, benefit from the GED. It is not
    recommended for students who do not have a strong academic background
    below the 5th grade.

    California State University, Bakersfield,
    Adult Education Programs via school districts (some districts only offer
    the GED in English)
    Some Community Colleges
    (e.g., Bakersfield City, Taft, Antelope-Lancaster), Job Corps and Conservation
    Contacts: Programs above or
    Mayra Garza.
    Phone: (661) 636-4398

    3. California PASS Program

    English and some Courses are in Spanish

    These are courses offered via Migrant Education
    and are based on the courses and Standards of schools in California. Students
    may take the courses at school or at home. These are recommended for Migrant
    students who have one semester or less to complete in a California High
    School. High schools and the Migrant Education Program must establish
    an agreement in order for students to receive PASS units towards graduation.

    Contact: California High schools which have the Migrant
    Education Program or Mayra Garza Phone: (661) 636-4398 Region V Migrant
    Education Kern County

    4. Short Term Certification Programs (vocational)

    English (some schools also offer ESL and/or tutoring to assist the Limited
    English Speaking Student in preparing and/or taking short term certification
    Recommended for secondary age students-adults.

    Short-term certification programs are offered via
    school districts and state community colleges. These may last from several
    weeks (e.g., teachers aide to more then a year (e.g., vocational nurse).

    Successful completion of these programs allows the students to receive
    certification in a vocational area and obtain higher paying positions.
    Students may also want to use these programs as the beginning of a career
    ladder in a profession (e.g. teachers aide certification to teacher).

    Most of these programs provide for practice in the vocation of choice
    as well as class work.

    Contact local school district, community college,
    Job Corps , Conservation Corps


    Mayra Garza
    Phone: (661) 636-4398
    Region V Migrant Education
    Kern County

    5. California High School Proficiency Examination

    Age 16 or older and have completed at least one academic year of tenth grade
    or are enrolled in the second semester of tenth grade

    It is an alternative to completing high school in
    California. If the examination (3 hours) is successfully completed, students
    receive a Certificate of Proficiency. It is recommended for students who
    have strong academic backgrounds from U.S. schools but are not able to
    attend school.
    All persons and institutions controlled by California law that require
    high school diplomas for any purpose must accept the certificate as satisfying
    those requirements. Federal government agencies are not bound by state

    California Proficiency Testing (916) 383-9506
    Mayra Garza
    Phone: (661) 636-4398
    Region V Migrant Education
    Kern County
    (If a student is attending high school, it is recommended that he/she discuss
    this option with a counselor before making a decision)
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