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Press Release — Mobile app to help Latino families make college and career decisions

October 24, 2014

Sacramento — Education offers one of the most reliable paths for young people to create a better life for themselves and their families, but many Californians still lack access to data-driven college and career planning advice. A new project—funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and tailored for the underserved Latino community—aims to change that.

Media Statement — Chancellor Brice W. Harris Statement on the Death of Former California Community Colleges Chancellor David Mertes

October 10, 2014

Sacramento — Chancellor Brice W. Harris issues a statement today on the passing of former Chancellor David Mertes, 83, who died yesterday.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Launches Financial Literacy Campaign

Oct 2, 2014

Sacramento — Taking action to help students make wise financial choices and prepare for their future, the California Community Colleges today announced it has partnered with the non-profit organization National Endowment for Financial Education, to make its free online financial literacy product, “CashCourse,” available to every student in the system.

Media Statement — Chancellor Brice W. Harris Congratulates Chaffey College and College Consortium for Winning $14.9 Million Federal Grant to Develop Inland Empire Career Training Program

September 30, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement after Vice President Biden announced yesterday that Chaffey College and a consortium of Southern California colleges won $14.9 million to partner with employers in the region to expand and improve education and career training programs to help job-seekers obtain skills they need for in-demand jobs.

Press Release — California Community Colleges to Award Bachelor’s Degrees Under Historic Legislation Signed by Gov. Brown

September 29, 2014

Sacramento — In an historic first for public higher education in the state, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation yesterday that allows California community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees in fields not currently served by the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).

Op-Ed — California Community Colleges Take a Proactive Approach to Raising Awareness About Financial Literacy, Helping Students Make Informed Choices About College Costs
by Chancellor Brice W. Harris

September 17, 2014

Sacramento — It is widely reported that Americans are saddled with $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. As this number illustrates, a large number of students cannot afford to pursue higher education in this country without taking on loans, even with the help of grants and scholarships. Ironically, these loans can wreck the financial lives of many if not repaid, despite being intended to finance something aimed at improving a person’s life.

Media Advisory — Three Higher Education Segment Leaders Headline Panel at Silicon Valley Leadership Group Education Summit

September 12, 2014

Mountain ViewThe three leaders of California’s public higher education segments will discuss Preparing 21st Century Graduates in a panel discussion to be moderated by Carl Guardino, president/CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Rosemary Turner, president of UPS Northern California.  The topics to be addressed include: maintaining quality, affordability and access; workforce readiness; and how private industry can support a qualified pool of higher education graduates.

Press Release — California Labor Agency and California Community Colleges to Administer $1 Million Drought-related Training Program in the San Joaquin Valley

September 9, 2014

Sacramento — Today the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), the Employment Training Panel (ETP), and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office signed an agreement to provide job training to workers and employers in California locales hit hardest by the drought:

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Announces Winners of 2014 Energy and Sustainability Awards

September 8, 2014

Sacramento —The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has selected College of the Desert, Copper Mountain College, Skyline College, Cañada College, and Imperial Valley College as winners of the annual Energy and Sustainability Awards competition. The awards are presented to community colleges or districts that promote energy efficiency and sustainability on their campuses.



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In CCSF trial, panel chief now says she didn’t edit key report
Published: October 29, 2014 | (Link to story)
Accreditation group president denies edits had intent to close CCSF
San Francisco Examiner
Published: October 29, 2014 | (Link to story)
In the Final ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule, a Key Measure Vanishes
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Published: October 30, 2014 | (Link to story)
Obama administration rules target for-profit colleges
The Los Angeles Times
Published: October 29, 2014 | (Link to story)
UC Berkeley chancellor upholds Bill Maher speech despite protests
The Los Angeles Times
Published: October 29, 2014 | (Link to story)

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California Community Colleges Commitment to War Veterans 

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More than 50 percent of the California veterans who use their G.I. Bill benefits to enroll in college do so at one of the state's 112 community colleges. This short film showcases the best practices in serving the needs of these returning veterans, who also share their thoughts and experiences on transitioning back to civilian life.

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Fast Facts

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General Facts:

  • With more than 2.1 million students on 112 campuses, the California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the United States.
  • One in every four community college students in the nation attends a California community college.
  • Most of the 112 colleges are on the semester system, but Foothill, DeAnza and Lake Tahoe community colleges are on the quarter system.
  • Three out of every 10 Californians ages 18-24 are currently enrolled in a community college.
  • Fifty-five percent of community college students are people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and roughly 53 percent are female.

The 2013-2014 State Budget Funding for the California Community Colleges:

  • $25 million for Adult Education and $15.7 million Apprenticeship shift from K-12 to California Community Colleges.
  • $89 million to increase access.
  • $87.5 million for Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
  • $209 million reduction in payment deferrals.
  • $47 million energy efficiency/Proposition 39.
  • $16.9 million for statewide distance education initiative.