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October 8, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today praised Gov. Jerry Brown for signing legislation that will expand high school students’ access to college level coursework, providing them with an early opportunity to acquire academic skills that will help them succeed in college.

Assembly Bill 288 by Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, will create partnerships between high schools and community colleges to allow a broader range of students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on college campuses – what is known as concurrent or dual enrollment.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Honors Winners of the 2015 Energy and Sustainability Awards

September 21, 2015

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today honored Mt. San Antonio College, College of the Sequoias (Visalia Campus), Orange Coast College, and Santiago Canyon College as winners of the annual Excellence in Energy and Sustainability award competition for the implementation of Proposition 39 projects. Santa Ana College, Victor Valley College, and Irvine Valley College have been selected as honorable mentions in the contest. The awards are presented to community colleges that promote energy efficiency and sustainability on their campuses.

Press Release — The California Community Colleges System Keeps Its 30 Year Promise to the State’s Students

September 16, 2015

Sacramento — With the national conversation surrounding affordability of higher education, the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation, is proud to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver, a program that waives community college fees for qualified students unable to afford it. As national leaders deliberate over President Obama’s America’s College Promise initiative, California serves as a shining example of how to keep higher education affordable.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Comments on the Release of the 2015 Chancellor’s Office Task Force Report on Accreditation

August 28, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued a statement on today's release of the report by the 2015 Chancellor's Office Task Force Report on Accreditation

Media Advisory — California Community Colleges to Hold San Francisco Town Hall Meeting on Recommendations to Improve Delivery of Workforce Education

August 20, 2015

Sacramento — Members of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Chancellor Brice W. Harris will participate in a town hall meeting to discuss 25 recommendations developed by a task force aimed at improving the delivery of workforce education in the system’s 113 community colleges.



Today's News


The Office of Communications is taking a short break from publishing Today’s News. Distribution of the publication will resume in September 2015.

Our communications team wishes you fun and relaxation this summer season and we’re looking forward to working closely with you during the 2015-16 academic year.

Warm summer wishes,

The Office of Communications


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California Community Colleges Commitment to War Veterans 

Short film: "California Community Colleges Commitment to Veterans"

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 113 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

Did you know?

General Facts:

  • With more than 2.1 million students on 113 campuses, the California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the United States.
  • Approximately one in every five community college students in the nation attends a California community college.
  • Most of the 113 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.

Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposed 2015-16 Budget for California Community Colleges:

  • Total funding proposed for the California Community Colleges is $7.3 billion, which is an increase of 8 percent compared to the 2014-15 fiscal year.
  • $106.9 million for increased access – This funding would increase access statewide for approximately 45,000 students (headcount).
  • $200 million for student success – These funds will be split evenly between Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) and Student Equity Plans. 
  • $48 million for Career Technical Education – These one-time funds are proposed for support of the SB 1070 Career Technical Education Pathways Program.