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Ruggenberg Career Center - RCC

The mission of the Ruggenberg Career Center is to provide vocational education for students in Special Education. Students participating in our program will be provided hands on opportunities to develop a foundation of entry level job skills.
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RCC Information
RCC feels success starts with strong vocational training principles, ones that are vital to a student’s future earning potential. This educational need is a required component for graduation of Special Education students. A properly trained person stands to earn a better living than a person without knowledge of a skill. Students can get a head start by being trained at RCC before they go to work in our community.
Contact Information
610 Ansol Lane                                     
Bakersfield, Ca. 93306
Phone: (661) 366-4401
Fax: (661) 363-0828
Office Hours
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 Title  Name Email
Coordinator Greg Hicks
Program Specialist Karen Assaturian
WorkAbility Alecia Sampson
Teacher  Mario Lizarraga
Teacher  Charles Gannaway
Teacher Cristian Lopez
Teacher Isaac Rocha
Teacher Chris Herstam
Teacher  Brent Durkan
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Training Programs
  • Auto/Detailing: provides the student with pre-apprenticeship skills in Auto Body, Vehicle Maintenance and Vehicle Detailing. The program is conducted in an auto shop environment as a production shop in conjunction with classroom presentations. All students will have instruction in shop operations and procedures.
  • Custodial: provides students the opportunity to work as part of a team to develop skills necessary to work in the hospitality/custodial maintenance industry. Many local businesses and community members support this program by providing students the opportunity to gain practical hands on experience in a variety of real life working environments.
  • Food Services: provides students the opportunity to learn about entry-level positions in the food services industry. Students will be trained to perform an array of tasks needed to function in a restaurant setting. The class will operate as a restaurant three days per week during lunchtime. Students will gain experience in safe practices of food preparation in our industrial kitchen.
  • Maintenance & Operations: provides students the opportunity to participate in a variety of job skills which include: painting, minor repairs (fences, irrigation systems, etc.) and installation of a variety of projects. Students learn how to operate a variety of hand tools in a safe and efficient manner. Many local businesses and community members support this program by providing students the opportunity to gain practical hands on experience in a variety of real life working environments.
  • Retail: provides students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for entry level positions in the retail industry. Students will perform a variety of tasks including stocking shelves, building end displays, and providing customer service while maintaining a safe and organized working environment. Students also learn merchandising and sales techniques. Many local businesses and community members support this program by providing students the opportunity to gain practical hands on experience in a variety of real life working environments.

Program Information

  • Students enrolled at RCC are Juniors & Seniors and have a current IEP.
  • Students earn credit and all credits apply to the graduation requirements of the Kern High School District.
  • Students attending RCC have the opportunity to be trained in at least two job areas each school year. Upon graduation, a student should be able to focus on two or three potential job possibilities.
  • Transportation is provided by the Kern High School Transportation Department from the students home school to and from RCC.
RCC Student-Parent Handbook

The mission of WAI is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders including students, families, educators, employers and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to competitive, integrated employment (CIE), lifelong learning and quality of life. This will be implemented as defined in California Education Code (EC) sections 56470–56474.


WorkAbility I is a state funded school-to-work program that provides comprehensive pre-employment training, employment placement, and follow-up for high school students in special education who are making the transition from school to work.
WorkAbility I is designed to promote career awareness and exploration while students complete their high school education program. WorkAbility I provides students with opportunities for job shadowing, paid and non-paid work experience, support and guidance from vocational personnel.

The WAI program offers students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) the opportunity to complete their high school education while also obtaining marketable job skills. WAI provides secondary students with an understanding of job seeking and job keeping skills.

WorkAbility I is funded by a grant from the California Department of Education Special Education Department.


Teacher Coordinator for WorkAbilityI


Name: Alecia Sampson

Phone #: (661) 366-4401






Sandy Niday - Director Special Education/SELPA