This was one of the sights to be seen at last night’s Grand Opening Ceremony for the 1st Annual Arvin Hispanic Month Celebration. It was met with energy and excitement for the unveiling of the new Garden in The Sun Park for families of the Arvin community.
The Bakersfield College Foundation formally welcomes Abel Guzman as the newest member of the Board of Directors. Abel currently serves as the Interim Director of Bakersfield College’s Delano Campus and Rural Initiatives. His presence on our Board provides invaluable insight into the outlying communities that Bakersfield College is dedicated to serving. Abel was born […]READ MORE
The Bakersfield College Foundation Board of Directors approved three grants from the Renegade Innovation Fund. Many departments and programs on campus lack addition, unrestircted funding to support extracurricular activities, projects, and supplies that augment a student's education.READ MORE
The Mission of the Bakersfield College Foundation is to expand access and opportunity for students of all ages; improve the quality and diversity of instructional offerings; support the professional development of an outstanding faculty and staff; purchase leading edge technology for classrooms and learning laboratories; and enhance College facilities to create an efficient and stimulating learning environment.
The Bakersfield College Foundation is currently responsible for the management of funds (nearly $22 million) for more than 400 campus organizations, individuals, and endowments. Income from investments, plus additional donations, allowed the Foundation to give over $510,000 to 530 students in scholarships and student aid in 2009-2010.
Karen Thompson has served as the Board Chair for The Bakersfield College Foundation Board since 2016. Prior to taking this leadership position, Karen served for two years as a Board Member, including time filling the position of Vice Chair.
A Sales Associate at Cushman & Wakerfield, Pacific since 2016, Karen lends her client-focused attitude and growing market knowledge to the TNT office team. The team is well-versed in all aspects of purchase and leasing of offices, including multi-tenant buildings, offering expertise in tenant representation and contract negotiation.
Karen is proud of her local roots as a second-generation Bakersfield High Driller, and graduate at BC and CSUB with concentration on Business and HR Management. Thompson’s family farming experience was beneficial as she started her career with a marketer of agricultural products in the central valley. Her career later turned to the oil industry, where Karen was successful in the corporate energy environment for over 25 years, working as a Supervisor and HR Advisor to operations and management teams.