Barstow Community College, established in 1959, is in the Mojave region of San Bernardino County, approximately 120 miles from both Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The college serves the communities of Barstow, Lenwood, Newberry Springs, Daggett, Yermo, Hinkley, Ludlow and Baker. The college also provides on-site programs to military personnel at the U.S. Army National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, and to off-campus students through a large online program.
An open-admission, public institution, the college serves more than 6,000 students annually in degree and certificate programs with approximately 120 full-time employees and a $18 million budget. It provides the first two years of college or university study as part of the California State Community College System of Higher Education. The college’s educational program includes lower-division course work, general education offering and vocational courses for transfer to baccalaureate degree institutions.
The college offers students flexible course scheduling, with full-semester length courses as well as short-term classes. Course start dates are staggered so students have the option of enrolling at different times during the semester. Recognizing that students have varying learning styles, have preferences for particular learning formats, or have extremely tight schedules, students at BCC can enroll in online classes, traditional "live" classes, or hybrid classes, which is a combination of online and live formats.