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History and Mission

Barstow College (BCC) is a public community col- lege accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. A copy of the accreditation report can be found in the President's Office.

Barstow College operates on a semester system and offers a wide variety of courses, including general education courses that can lead to transfer or an Associate Degree, and occupational education courses that can lead to a Certificate of Achievement.

Admission to the College is open to anyone 18 years of age or older, as well as to persons under 18 who are high school graduates or who have passed the GED exam. Certain younger students may also be admitted, based on guidelines stated in the College Catalog.

History The Barstow Junior College District was estab- lished by the voters in September 1959. Evening classes began one year later at Barstow High School. Some day classes were held in the First Methodist Church in the fall of 1962. The College moved into its new $3 million campus two years later. In addition to the first six buildings of the original campus, a technical building was complet- ed in 1967. The College converted to the quarter system in the 1971 summer session and returned to the semester system in the summer of 1985. The staff moved into a new administration building in December 1975, and into an automotive lab in the spring of 1978.

In the spring of 2004, the College will open its new 28,000 square foot, state of-the-art Learning Resource Center.

The College District encompasses an area of approximately 12,000 square miles and includes the communities of Lenwood, Yermo, Daggett, Newberry Springs, Hinkley and Baker.

Additionally, Barstow College services the Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, the Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base, the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center at Bridgeport, the Point Loma Naval Base and the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar.

Barstow College currently serves more than 3,200 students.


Mission Statement Barstow College is a two-year institution of higher education, committed to both student learning and success. The institution fosters an innovative learning environment that respects the diversity of individual backgrounds, abilities, cultures and interests. It pre- pares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The College provides vocational educa- tion and training programs and courses that give stu- dents the knowledge, skills and certification necessary for entry through advanced level employment and career advancement.

The College offers basic skill and enrichment pro- gramming for under-prepared and disadvantaged stu- dents as well as life-long learning opportunities and continuing education courses for community mem- bers. It provides counseling and other support servic- es to assist students in the identification of their goals and achievement of their personal, educational and employment potential. The College uses institutional research to advance its mission and its role in the community. The College works in partnership with military bases, local governments, agencies, business- es and schools to promote positive community devel- opment, economic growth and change.

General Educational Philosophy Barstow College provides a general education for its students. The District seeks to develop the whole per- son where the individual is greater than the sum of his or her independent educational experiences; a person who will understand the world within and the world without. Barstow College's general education philosophy serves to enhance creativity, reasoning, ethical behavior and human understanding, which are essential to the attainment of personal goals and effective participation in a rapidly changing society.

The District's general education philosophy ensures a coherent, interdisciplinary approach in the overall undergraduate curriculum. Students are provided with the breadth and intellectual challenges which stimulate discovery in a world full of different kinds of knowledge and social structures. Students are given the opportunity to develop an integrated overview of the varied components of human knowledge. The College's general education philosophy calls for stu- dent exposure to natural science, technical literacy, health and wellness, citizenship-community involve- ment, social and behavioral science, arts-humanities, communications-language skills, analytic reasoning and cultural-ethnic diversity. All of these are basic and necessary to participate in and contribute to a balanced life in a democratic society.

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