(Photo courtesy of Bakersfield College)

By Valley Ag Voice Staff

Bakersfield College is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Agriculture Sciences Building on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 8:30 a.m. on its main campus. The groundbreaking takes place days after BC Delano celebrated the grand opening of its Regenerative Agriculture Education Center on Nov. 14, ushering in a series of opportunities for agriculture students.

The ceremony will commence on the south side of the current Agriculture Building, off Red and White Way. Bakersfield College offers various pathways for agriculture students, including ag business, plant science, environmental horticulture, forestry and natural resources, mechanized agriculture, and animal science.

Out of 40,527 students for 2022-23, agriculture majors accounted for roughly 5.5% of the population. However, a study from the California Economic Forecast in 2017 showed that 43,307 Kern County residents worked in the agriculture industry, roughly 5% of the population in that same year.

The 2023 Bounty of Kern County hosted by the Kern County Farm Bureau explained that an estimated 170,000 jobs in the county are supported by agriculture.

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