December 10, 2019

Christina Jimenez

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on the approval of House Resolution 5363:

“We applaud the House passage of H.R. 5363, the FUTURE Act, which provides ongoing funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority-Serving Institutions. The bipartisan legislation will help California’s community college students by increasing Pell Grant funding and simplifying the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). The FUTURE Act will help colleges and universities better support the needs of students as they work to close achievement gaps. We look forward to working closely with Congress to achieve a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act during this session.” 

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 115 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; degree and certificate pathways; and basic skills education in English and math. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the Vision for Success, a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps. For more information, please visit the California Community Colleges website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.