BC Advising at the Shafter Learning Center by Karlene Hernandez

Bakersfield College will be providing services at the Shafter Learning center to help anyone move forward in their educational path. The Shafter Learning Center is now taking appointment requests for Bakersfield College Advising hours. To request an appointment at the Learning Center please visit: www.shafterlearning.com/bcadvising

Saturday, July 21, 2018: 8a-12p & 1-5p
Tuesday, August 8, 2018: 3p-7p
Tuesday, August 14, 2018: 3p-7p

Mayra Reyes: From Shafter to Berkeley by Lizeth Carrillo

Congratulations to fellow Shafter Education Partnership tutor Mayra Reyes!

The Shafter Learning Center wishes you the best in all of your future endeavours!


See below for a partial piece on Mayra written by Emma Goss from Eyewitness News on June 8, 2018.


This fall, Mayra Reyes is moving from the fields of Shafter to the fields of science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, but it wasn't simply academic achievement that got her there.

At age 17, Reyes and her family immigrated from Mexico to Shafter, and Reyes faced culture shock and a language barrier.

"It was hard because I didn't know any English. I didn't know how to write, how to speak English."

She picked it up rather quickly, and Reyes, now 22, recently graduated in the top of her class from Taft College with degrees in mathematics and engineering.

She now has a full ride to UC Berkeley's civil engineering program.


For full article click here: http://bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/super-student-from-shafter-breaking-barriers-for-hispanic-women-in-stem

New Course at the Learning Center! / ¡Nueva Clase en el Centro de Aprendizaje! by Lizeth Carrillo

Students are invited to join us during Scholar Hour to participate in fun, interactive activities that help strengthen their independent and cooperative learning skills.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays students will work with Mr. Ruby to complete non-math homework and discover new ways to make learning fun.  On Mondays and Wednesdays students will work with Kern County Library staff on academically enriching activities like chess, mancala, and other games that incorporate math, literature, art and science.

Estudiantes están invitados a nuestra Hora Académica para participar en actividades que son divertidas e interactivas y ayudaran con su aprendizaje. En los Martes y Jueves, los estudiantes trabajaran con Mr. Ruby para completar tarea no relacionada a matemáticas y descubrir nuevas maneras para aprender con diversión. Los Lunes y Miércoles estudiantes trabajaran con los empleados de la Biblioteca de Kern County en actividades académicamente enriquecedoras  como por ejemplo ajedrez, mancala y otros juegos que incorporan matemáticas, literatura, arte y ciencia.

The Shafter Learning Center: A Parent Perspective by Amerika Nino-Rodriguez

As a parent, the after-school opportunities for kids today can be overwhelming. Do we stay in town or drive 20 minutes to the larger neighboring city with seemingly larger opportunities? Do we pay for expensive lessons or go with more economical options? And then, most importantly, what kind of environment should our kids learn in? Do we value success and trophies or skills and character?

In our family, we have tried to simplify the process of choosing with three key questions:

1.   Is it local? We love Shafter and want to support local options whenever possible.

2.   Is it affordable? We want to save money, but also value being in programs that are open to families across the financial spectrum.

3.   Does it encourage a growth mindset? We want our kids, and the kids in our community, to learn that growth is possible and that it’s ok to take risks, even if you fail. Mistakes happen when you try hard things.

Thankfully, there is a local option that meets each of these criteria! The Shafter Learning Center (SLC) is one of the best after-school opportunities around. The fact that our Shafter kids have a local option, within walking distance for many, to learn and grow after school is thrilling. The course offerings are interesting, the atmosphere is inviting, and the place is fun to be in. Courses are only $5! This space is quickly becoming one of our greatest city assets.

The fact that the Shafter Learning Center is both local and affordable is reason enough to support it, but what sets it apart is the emphasis on growth. The Shafter Learning Center encourages kids to take risks--even if they fail! As kids take classes they are encouraged to try new things and as they do, their mistakes are viewed through the lens of growth, not failure. This growth mindset culture is what most attracts our family to the Learning Center. Our kids are being taught how to challenge themselves and are celebrated in the process. The potential of each child who walks through their doors is valued.

The Shafter Learning Center is reframing the after-school activity conundrum.

Engaged kids, happy parents, educated community. Win-win-win.


Katie Wiebe

Shafter Parent & Resident

Learning Center Instructor