Press Releases


PRESS RELEASE — California Community College Districts Show Overwhelming Interest in Developing Four-Year Degree Programs

November 19, 2014

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges today announced that thirty-six districts- half of all districts in the system- submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor's Office indicating their desire to host a baccalaureate degree program, signaling strong support for legislation signed by the governor this fall authorizing the system to award bachelor's degrees as part of a limited pilot program.

PRESS RELEASE — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Elects Officers for 2015

November 17, 2014

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors elected Geoffrey L. Baum to serve as president and Cecilia V. Estolano to serve as vice president for the 2015 calendar term during its meeting today.  The board, appointed by the governor, nominates and elects its president and vice president each November.  The chosen officials serve for a one-year term.

PRESS RELEASE — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Creates Task Force to Improve Workforce Education and Promote Job Creation

November 17, 2014

Sacramento — Seeking to make community college workforce education even more responsive to the state's economy, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors today established a task force to develop policies that will prepare more students for existing high value jobs and promote job creation with workforce training that sparks small business development and lures out-of-state business investment in key industry sectors.

PRESS RELEASE — Streamlined California Community Colleges and California State University Transfer Program Confers Nearly 12,000 Associate’s Degrees in 2013-14

November 10, 2014

Sacramento — SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The number of community college students who earned an associate degree through the California Community Colleges and California State University “A Degree with a Guarantee” transfer program more than doubled to 11,673 in 2013-14, the two college systems announced today. Students who earn an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the California State University. Of the 11,673 students who earned an associate’s degree for transfer, 6,905 went on to transfer to a CSU campus.

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.

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.



Today's News


Keen interest in vocational bachelor’s degrees
Published: November 19, 2014 | (Link to story)
California schools, community colleges could get another $2 billion
Los Angeles Times
Published: November 19, 2014 | (Link to story)
UC moves closer to tuition hike amid student protests
Published: November 19, 2014 | (Link to story)
In widely opposed move, UC regents set to hike tuition up to 5% yearly
Los Angeles Times
Published: November 19, 2014 | (Link to story)
University of California Is Set to Raise Tuition
The New York Times
Published: November 19, 2014 | (Link to story)

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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.