Col. Jason Clarke, Fort Irwin garrison commander, and Dr. Eva Bagg, superintendent-president of Barstow Community College, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Jan. 13, at garrison headquarters on Fort Irwin, Calif.

“The MOU is to codify our partnership with Barstow Community College in order to build different academic programs that translate into work-related opportunities here at Fort Irwin,” Clarke said.

The MOU will help create a streamlined process for two Barstow Community College programs, child development education program and cosmetology, to onboard child youth assistants and barbers on Fort Irwin.

“I’m really hoping this pipeline creates that opportunity, so we can bring more child youth program assistants on board to then open up more slots for our kids in childcare,” Clarke said.