Group Voices: The mighty point about early university | Community Voices

Just a couple weeks in the past we concluded the 32nd Olympiad, and in a couple days the Paralympic video games will, as well, come to an conclude. I mirror on the athletes who competed in these summer season game titles in Tokyo, Japan. Athletes from across the globe whose determination, resolve, tough operate, and sacrifice earned them the privilege to stand for their respective nation and to contend in opposition to other folks at the peak of their sport, all in pursuit of around the globe recognition and Olympic gold.

Even though the Olympics have appear to an finish, there is a levels of competition of sorts developing closer to dwelling. Although not athletic in character, this event centers all over education and learning. Like the athletes of the Olympic Game titles, higher schoolers also exert determination, willpower, challenging operate and sacrifice although 4 years of large school to compete for a spot at 1 of the ideal colleges or universities in the country. Like Olympians, excellent students also receive medals and acquire recognition, nonetheless all college students attempt to get to the peak of the career of their alternative and go after a various sort of gold that arrives in the kind of income and other varieties of payment.

Identical to Olympic hopefuls, students also suffer setbacks, and are in some cases challenged to get over what can look like insurmountable obstacles. But when they do, their achievements provide about additional than just a particular feeling of accomplishment, but local community pride and joy. No matter whether medaling in Olympic levels of competition or attaining a school diploma, the two convey about a great emotion not very easily or typically replicated.

But what if we could assist additional pupils practical experience that sense of accomplishment that will come with earning a college degree? What if we could enable students do that a lot more proficiently, quicker and substantially far more affordably? What if our students and neighborhood, like the Olympians of the 2021 Summer Game titles, could “dare mighty points?”

I recall back again to 2019 when the Cougars of McFarland Significant Faculty did just that with the launch of Early School. For the uninitiated, Early College or university is a daring and impressive system pioneered at Bakersfield Higher education that reengineered the way bigger schooling is sent for high schoolers, specifically those people in rural communities where persistent issues present hurdles to degree attainment. Early College or university delivers college or university classes to learners though in high university and supplies an opportunity for significant college college students to graduate from superior faculty with not just a diploma, but an affiliate diploma from Bakersfield College or university. Since its inception, Bakersfield School has conferred associate levels to extra than 300 large university college students throughout Kern County such as large educational facilities from rural communities like Arvin, Delano and Wasco.

As the president of the Kern Neighborhood University District Board of Trustees, I released the new chancellor at a public function in April. In her acceptance speech, Chancellor Sonya Christian performed off a concealed concept embedded by NASA engineers that was unveiled as the parachute opened up to land the Perseverance rover on Mars, labeling the get the job done to appear at KCCD as #DaringMightyThings. Early School is bold and innovative indeed, but to “dare mighty things” we will have to go further more. And, once again McFarland Superior University-Early University has channeled its competitive spirit as the 12-time cross state condition champions to daringly guide the pack in a new Early School innovation.

So in a handful of weeks, join Bakersfield University and McFarland Higher Faculty-Early Faculty in daring mighty items in announcing a new prospect for significant university learners to earn a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Automation in 5 a long time. In partnership, Bakersfield College or university and McFarland Superior School–Early Faculty has taken off barriers and established an option for all college students with the opportunity to have a university training, no matter of their circumstance or background.

As the Metropolis of Mild, Paris, opens up for the 2024 Olympics, we’ll see athletes stage on to the winners’ podium to acquire their medals, we’ll also see a Cougar-Renegade action onto one more phase, and walk across it, with “the gold” but in the type of an affiliate diploma en route to a bachelor’s diploma. Now would not that be mighty matter?

Romeo Agbalog is president of the Kern Group Faculty Board of Trustees and represents Space 4, which encompasses areas of northern and southern Tulare counties and involves the communities of Delano, McFarland, Wasco, Shafter, Buttonwillow and Shed Hills.