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Bakersfield College Student Technology Starter Kit

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Ahlam Ali, Communication Intern, smiling

This piece was written by Ahlam Alamamy. Ahlam Alamamy is a communication intern for the BC Academic Technology blog. She is pursuing her Associates degree in biology at Bakersfield College, and aspires to become a pediatrician. She is a first generation student who strives to get a higher education to reach her goals. During her free time, she loves spending quality time with family and taking trips to parks and beaches around California.

With my time working at the Renegade hub and in the computer commons, I have noticed that when students know how to navigate InsideBC, reset their password, choose the best browser, install free Microsoft Office tools, and access online service support they will have an easier time being successful at BC. Feel free to share this infographic with your students or the text version of the infographic with this blog post. You can also search Canvas Commons for the page “Bakersfield College Student Technology Starter Kit” and import the page into your course to help support students with their basic technology needs.

Bakersfield College Student Technology Starter Kit

Navigating InsideBC

  1. Login to InsideBC
  2. View your Student Portal
  3. Click the drop-down arrow for each category and to see subcategories
  4. Click on the subcategory you would like to access.

Resetting Your InsideBC Password

  1. Access the BC Password Manager
  2. Click on “Forgot Password”
  3. Enter your last name, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, and your date of birth
  4. Enter the answer to your security question
  5. Create your new password

Choosing the Best Browser

Using Google Chrome and Firefox will help ensure Canvas Features function properly.

Google Chrome

  1. Download Chrome
  2. Open the downloaded file
  3. Follow the directions
  4. Chrome will open automatically when it’s done.


  1. Download Firefox
  2. Open the downloaded file
  3. Follow the directions
  4. Once Download is complete, Firefox will open.

Installing Free Microsoft Office Tools

  1. Sign-in to Microsoft with your student BC email account
  2. On the homepage on the top right click ” Install Office” then click Office 365 apps
  3. A new window will open and Office 365 will download
  4. Open the Office .pkg file in your Downloads folder and follow the prompt to install Office.
  5. Sign in again to activate your account.

*If your computer doesn’t allow you to download Office 365, you can use the Microsoft on the browser.

Accessing Online Service Support

Student Information Desk

  • Enrollment
  • Account holds
  • Academic advice/Counselor and more.

EOPS & Services

  • Academic support
  • Financial assistance
  • Support for educationally disadvantaged students.

DSPS & Services

  • Learning disabilities
  • Accommodations

Financial Aid Office

  • Financial account information
  • Dream Act
  • Scholarships

Renegade Hub

  • Technical support
  • Canvas help
  • Other online issues

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