Podcasts

Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley takes you inside California Community Colleges for a series of lively discussions on a variety of academic and administrative topics. In each episode, Chancellor Oakley will be joined by a special guest to explore new perspectives on the most pressing issues facing two-year college educators and stakeholders in California.
  • January 8, 2020

    Gregg Irish of the Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board and Dr. J Luke Wood from San Diego State University join Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley to discuss improving outcomes for Black and African American students on California campuses. Read the transcript.

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  • December 5, 2019

    Part two of “Building a Data Culture for Student Success” with host Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales discusses and guests Dr. Sonya Christian, president of Bakersfield College, and Dr. John Hetts. Read the podcast transcript.

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  • November 21, 2019

    Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales discusses “Building a Data Culture for Student Success” with Dr. Sonya Christian, president of Bakersfield College, and Dr. John Hetts in the first of a two-part podcast. Read the Dr. Christian and Dr. Hetts podcast transcript.

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  • October 28, 2019

    Lenny Mendonca, chief economic and business advisor in Gov. Newsom’s office, joins Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley for a discussion on California’s “Regions Rise Together” approach to economic development. Read the Lenny Mendonca podcast transcript.

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  • September 24, 2019

    Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis joins Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley to discuss bringing down the cost of higher education and the community college system’s role in closing critical skills gaps. Read the Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis podcast transcript.

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  • July 31, 2019

    California’s latest bright idea to boost access and outcomes in higher education is the aptly named “Calbright College.” Launching this fall, the 115th California community college is gearing up to serve 100,000 working adults online in 50 different career paths within five years. In this episode of the California Community Colleges Podcast, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley sits down with Heather Hiles, president and CEO of Calbright College, to talk about the groundbreaking effort...

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  • May 14, 2019

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond connects with California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley for an exploration of how Thurmond’s personal experiences inform his commitment to student equity, literacy, and improving the ability of K-12 students to successfully navigate their education and transition into the California Community Colleges. 

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  • April 18, 2019

    The California Community Colleges, as part of the Vision for Success master plan, is working to increase the number of students who acquire an associates degree, credential, certificate or skill set that prepares them for an in-demand job. This week Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley welcomes new Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, Sheneui Weber. Join their conversation as they discuss job training, expanding economic opportunities, entrepreneurship and the changing work ...

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  • April 4, 2019

    Modesto Junior College student Alexis Zaragoza and CSU San Bernardino student and former community college student Iiyshaa Youngblood join Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley to discuss the recent college admissions scandal rocking higher education and how non-traditional students have become the majority of today’s college-going population.

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  • February 21 2019

    One of Governor Gavin Newsom’s key campaign promises was the development of a statewide educational data system that would connect early childhood, K-12 and higher education. Join Tessa Carmen De Roy, Ph.D., President of the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) and Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley for a discussion around the benefits of real-time data collection in supporting student outcomes and the challenges and opportunities facing the development of this critical new system.

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  • January 4, 2019

    The California Community Colleges Podcast kicks off the new year with a topical discussion on “starting early” – improving the education pipeline by investing thought and resources into early childhood education. In this episode, Samantha Tran, Senior Managing Director of Education Policy at Children Now, and Heather Hough, Executive Director of Policy Analysis for California Education, join Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley to provide their expertise on evolving topics like ...

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  • November 27, 2018

    California Community Colleges Deputy Chancellor, Dr. Daisy Gonzales, welcomes Lena Carew, Executive Director and Co-founder of Students Making a Change (SMAC) and Yair Tapia, a SMAC student leader at City College of San Francisco, to talk about the work they are doing to raise awareness about a new law that changes the way students are assessed for placement at the beginning of their academic careers.

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  • October 30, 2018

    Movie producers Adam and Jaye Fenderson join Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley to discuss their new documentary Unlikely, an investigation of the college dropout/ completion crisis and the systemic barriers facing students as they pursue higher education and livable-wage careers.

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  • September 27, 2018

    Join Marshall Tuck, candidate for California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley as they explore Tuck’s career as an educator, his hopes for California’s public education system, and his thoughts about the role that K-12 education plays in improving student success at the community college level.

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  • August 22, 2018

    In this episode, the California Community Colleges Podcast welcomes Lande Ajose, Executive Director of California Competes, for an exploration of the role that California’s community colleges can expect to play in preparing students to meet the 2 million-worker, “middle-skills” job shortage that California is projected to face by 2025. California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley moderates

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