/Bakersfield College receives $2 million gift to agriculture program

Bakersfield College receives $2 million gift to agriculture program

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Bakersfield School acquired a $2 million present to its agriculture program on Friday from Household and frifinishs of Bakersfield School Agriculture school and pig farmer, Billy Barnes.

BC’s management additionally unveiled the “The Billy Barnes Animal Science Institute at Bakersfield School” By way of the ceremony with future indicators On The doorway of The mannequin new Animal Science Lab to be located Inside the upcoming agriculture constructing to be accomplished in 2024.

“Billy Barnes was a a lot-liked member of the BC Agriculture family. He was each a pig-farmer and an educator at coronary heart. All through his revenueable profession, he was named ‘Pork All-American’ by the Nationwide Pork Producers council and went on To Wind up to be internationally Usually acknowledged as a prime swine decide. He was a useful addition to Bakersfield School, passing on his information to college students, And in addition displaying his coronary heart And keenness for caring for animals and seeing college students succeed.”

Kern Group School District Trustee Kay Meek

Barnes attfinished Bakersfield School after graduating from South Highschool in 1983. He then transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo earlier than later graduating from Fresno State College in Animal Science. He earned the title “Pork All-American” by the Nationwide Pork Producers Council which honored pig farmers beneath 40 who established themselves as community chiefs.

“BC’s Animal Science program will eternally revenue from the dedication Billy made to nurturing and rising our program Proper into a state and national chief. With this beneficiant present from family and frifinishs, Billy’s legacy will stay On the forefront of our program, inspiring generations of farmers who Look after completely differents, Look after animals, work together Inside their community through livestock reveals and festivals, and most of all, enhance Every completely different through kindness and generosity,” said Chancellor of the Kern Group School District Dr. Sonya Christian.

The proposed constructing Is about for the east facet of the campus off The doorway on Mt. Vernon Ave. The three-story 48,2900 gross sq. foot constructing will include laboratories, lecture rooms, store space, and workplaces.