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Early College Pathway Program

The Kern High School District is excited to partner with Bakersfield College to provide college opportunities for high school students through the Early College Program.


Applications for all pathways are CLOSED for the 2024-2025 school year.


Applications closed on March 15, 2024 at 5 p.m.

About Early College

  • Students have the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree by the time they graduate from high school. Students who do not participate in all 4 years will earn credits towards a degree, but not an entire degree. Some pathways may not be designed for full degree completion.
  • 9th through 12th grade college pathways specifically for KHSD students at two different locations: BC Southwest Campus (BCSW) and KHSD Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC).
  • All courses are offered in the evening, after the high school day.
  • Transportation is available from school sites to and from CTEC, but transportation is not provided for BCSW classes.
  • Each course will meet 2-3 times per week, Monday through Thursday.
  • Courses are FREE - tuition and fees are waived by BC, and KHSD provide the required materials.
  • Most courses are UC and CSU transferable will count towards various Bachelors Degrees. 
  • Limited seats are available in each pathway. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and selected based on qualifications and fit for the program.
Available KHSD Early College Pathways
  • Industrial Automation--Associate Degree Pathway @CTEC
  • Public Health--Associate Degree for Transfer Pathway @CTEC
  • Law, Public Policy, and Society--Associate Degree for Transfer Pathway @BCSW
  • Psychology--Associate Degree for Transfer Pathway @BCSW
  • Introduction to Health Careers Pathway @CTEC
  • NEW for 2023! Police Science--Associate Degree for Transfer Pathway @TBD
Click HERE to learn more about Early College opportunities at the Kern High School District.