Tom Corson named to CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Tom Corson, executive director of the Kern County Network for Children, for being named a 2019 CSU Bakersfield Alumni Hall of Fame recipient. Corson received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CSUB in 1988. He has spent 30 years bringing together neighborhoods, agencies and community leaders to improve the lives of Kern County children struggling with poverty, abuse, health crises and educational inequities.
Since 2004, Tom has led the Kern County Network for Children, which provides child abuse prevention services, oversees a one-stop resource center for foster youth and develops other countrywide strategies to help kids and families succeed.
Corson has been doing the work since his college years, first as a group counselor with the Kern County Probation Department, then a health educator and project coordinator with Clinica Sierra Vista. Since 1997, he has been a project manager and then executive director at the Network for Children.
One of Corson’s crowning achievements is the opening and expansion of the Dream Center, where 200 foster kids a week come for health, education and transportation services, use of shower and laundry facilities, computer and internet access and just to hang out.
Corson will be inducted alongside three fellow CSUB alumni at a black-tie gala at the Seven Oaks Country Club Feb. 15, 2019.