Accessibility Task Force
A message from the Vice Chancellor, Educational Services:
The mission of the Kern Community College District is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to our diverse students and communities.
Members of our diverse campuses and local communities includes individuals with disabilities. At Kern CCD, our priority and commitment is to continuously increase access to our resources, documents and information for all individuals.
While compliance with federal and state laws related to individuals with disabilities is a high priority, our motivation to comply with these laws stems from our commitment to ensure our students, members of our college communities, and any individual with a disability achieves the level of access to services, support, documents and information needed to effectively interact with the colleges and District Office.
In 2019, the Kern CCD began a comprehensive review of our processes and programs to evaluate the accessibility and delivery of services to, and resources for, individuals with disabilities.
Subsequently, a districtwide task force was created shortly thereafter. The Accessibility Committee is comprised of members representing the three colleges of Kern CCD and the District Office, including faculty, classified staff, and administrators.
The Accessibility Committee exists to generate and foster a climate committed to increasing accessibility for all, raising awareness of accommodations-related issues, ensuring compliance with related regulations, and providing professional development resources to our faculty and staff. The following webpages document our progress to achieving our goals, and they provides helpful links for those seeking additional support, assistance, and accommodations.
-- Dr. Emmanuel “Manny” Mourtzanos, Vice Chancellor, Educational Services
In support of Kern CCD's commitment to fostering an inclusive, diverse, and equitable learning environment and workplace, the Accessibility Committee serves Kern CCD's three colleges and District Office through the development and implementation of an Accessibility Plan that:
- Raises awareness on matters pertaining to accessibility and accommodations-related regulations, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Sections 504 and 508
- Supports the Kern CCD colleges to:
- Foster an institutional culture of continuously improving accessibility and the necessity for supporting our students, employees, and community
- Develop and implement college accessibility plans
- Administer accessibility and ADA climate surveys as needed
- Procures technology-based applications
- Ensures access to buildings and facilities for people with disabilities
- Supports accessibility for advanced technological education and assistive technology
- Support throughout the curriculum development process to facilitate accessibility discussions, and
- Delivers campus-based professional development opportunities related to accessibility and accommodations-related topics.
The Kern CCD Accessibility Committee promotes and fosters an accessible learning and working environment. Through support to the colleges and the District Office, the Kern CCD Accessibility Committee strives to improve learning and working conditions affecting the satisfaction, quality, and services of users pertaining to access and accommodations.
|Abe Ali||Vice Chancellor, Human Resources||District Office|
|Todd Coston||Associate Vice Chancellor, Planning and Educational Technology||District Office|
|Cammie Ehret-Stevens||Manager, Purchasing & Contracts||District Office|
|Gary Moser||Vice Chancellor, Information Technology/Chief Information Officer||District Office|
|Emmanuel Mourtzanos||Vice Chancellor, Educational Services||District Office|
|Pawan Gill||Program Director, HRTP & Workforce and Development||District Office|
|Amalia Calderon||Manager, Human Resources||Bakersfield College|
|Tiffany Bell||Director, Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS)||Bakersfield College|
|Mackenzie Flanagan||Accommodation Assistant, Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS)||Bakersfield College|
|Aricia Leighton||Web Content Editor, Marketing and Public Relations||Bakersfield College|
|Katrina Marquez||Program Manager, Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS)||Bakersfield College|
|Brett Redd||Executive Director, Technology Support Services||Bakersfield College|
|Monika Scott||Director, Marketing and Communications||Bakersfield College|
|Andrea Thorson||Faculty Lead, Kern CCD Accessibility||Bakersfield College|
|Imelda Valdez||Vice President, Student Affairs||Bakersfield College|
|Mike Campbell||Cerro Coso Community College|
|Resa Hess||Manager, Human Resources||Cerro Coso Community College|
|Heather Ostash||Vice President, Student Services||Cerro Coso Community College|
|Frank Ramirez||Director of Student Services||Porterville College|
|Primavera Arvizu||Vice President, Student Services||Porterville College|
|Johanna Fisher||Manager, Human Resources||Porterville College|
|Michelle Miller-Galaz||Dean of Instruction||Porterville College|
|Jay Navarette||Porterville College|
|Kevin Ott||Porterville College|
|Roger Perez||Porterville College|
|Fernando Roman||Porterville College|
Bakersfield College (BC)
- BC Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS)
- BC Accessibility Task Force
- BC Accessibility Center Accessibility Resources - Includes training resources and guides
Cerro Coso Community College (CC)
- CC Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS)
- CC High Tech Center / Alternative Media
- CC DSPS Web Resources
- CC DSPS Student Handbook
Porterville College (PC)
- PC Disabilities Resource Center (DRC)
- PC DRC Virtual Office (Opens Zoom Link)
- PC DRC Alternative Media
- PC Student Accommodations