Parent University Graduates Spring 2016 Members

March 30, 2016 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) Parent Involvement Department hosted a graduation ceremony for the 60 members of the spring 2016 session of Parent University. For five weeks, these parents of BCSD students participated in weekly classes to learn about topics such as “Active Parenting” to improve communication with their children, and “Research Skills,” which include learning library and internet usage. Their achievement was celebrated with a ceremony, certificate presentation, and parent testimonials.

“I have learned a lot,” said Parent University graduate Esmeralda Lopez. “We need to talk to our children, they will notice we are interested in their education as a parent.”

“I learned to talk to the children instead of yelling. We are supposed to embrace them,” said parent Pamela Miller.

The goals of Parent University are to educate and empower parents as partners in their child’s education and to increase a parent’s skills, knowledge, resources, and confidence.

“Research has shown that parents can increase academic success through their involvement with the schools and the community, which is why BCSD not only offers this program, but makes it easy for parents to attend by providing a light meal, child care, translation services and bus passes,” said Dee Dee Harrison, Coordinator of the BCSD Parent Engagement Program.

Parent University is offered every spring and fall and is free to any parent of a BCSD student.
For more information, contact the Parent Involvement Department at (661) 631-4763 or visit


Pamela Miller shares her experience at Parent University.


The crowd celebrates the achievement of BCSD parents.


“Active Parenting Now” Spanish class.

Stephanie Mundy and Pamela Miller

Facilitator Stephanie Mundy and Pamela Miller.

Juan and Esmeralda Lopez

BCSD parents Juan and Esmeralda Lopez.



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