McFarland High School early college program receives praise

March 24, 2022 /

The McFarland Unified School District partnered with Bakersfield College to offer students an early college program back in 2019.

This early college program allows students to earn 12 to 60 college units that count toward career technical certificates, general education certificates, and/or Associate Degrees.

Dr. Jasmeet Bains, a Delano native and the Medical Director at Bakersfield Recovery Services, visited McFarland High School and took a look at the classes being offered.

“The McFarland community has done a fantastic job creating a hands-on environment where students can experience a variety of career technical options that prepares them for college, career, and beyond,” Dr. Bains said. “McFarland’s facilities are among the best I have experienced, and it was an honor to see so many students pursuing their passions under the guidance of such a dedicated staff and community.”

These classes at McFarland High School prepare students for college and their future careers. Some of the classes that are being offered are: creating and marketing T-shirts, welding, recording, and editing podcasts.

McFarland Superintendent Aaron Resendez and McFarland High School Principal Dario Diaz showed Dr. Bains the welding shop classes where students have the opportunity to learn about TIG welds and other techniques.

Dr. Bains also got to see the high school’s award-winning robotics program led by David Cisneros. Cisneros showed Dr. Bains a few of the robots built by seniors Harvey Gonzalez, Eliza Cardenas, Saul Gonzalez, and Daniel Garcia.

These seniors competed in the 2022 VEX Robotics Southern California State competition on Saturday, March 12, in San Diego.

The multimedia program offers students the opportunity to edit and create videos/podcasts and provides them with the opportunity to produce the school’s yearbook.

The Business Pathway program gives the students an opportunity to not only create and design a product but to market and ship a product. 

“We welcome the opportunity to show the larger Kern County Community what makes McFarland Unified School District so unique and special,” said Resendez. “I want to thank Dr. Bains for taking the time to see how we prepare students to lead McFarland and Kern County in a variety of industries, careers, and life.”

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