California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley’s Statement on Gov. Newsom’s Signing of Higher Education Bills

October 04, 2019

October 4, 2019

Christina Jimenez

cjimenez@cccco.edu

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on a series of bills Gov. Gavin Newsom signed today focused on higher education affordability and transparency:

“I commend Gov. Newsom and the Legislature for approving a series of important bills that will help more California students succeed and for continuing to stand on the side of students who have been harmed by poor outcomes and closures at for-profit colleges. The governor signed legislation that will provide the community colleges student senate with the resources to ensure effective advocacy in Sacramento, as well as a package of bills that will enhance access to need-based financial aid. Other bills signed today will improve the ability to high school students and students enrolled in adult education programs to concurrently take community college courses that count toward earning certificates and degrees. Once again, the Governor and Legislature have demonstrated farsightedness and leadership by putting students first.”

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.