January 08, 2021
Contact: Paul Feist
Office: 916-327-5353
Office E-Mail: pfeist@cccco.edu

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley today issued the following statement on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 proposed budget:

"Today, Gov. Newsom released a budget that puts students first. The proposed 2021-22 budget recognizes California’s community colleges for their role in preparing Californians who are on the front lines of protecting public health. The inequities of the pandemic and the economic recession have affected community college students more than any population in higher education. By investing in emergency student assistance and the infrastructure needed to continue bridging the digital divide, we can take the necessary steps to strengthen colleges’ efforts to lead our state to economic recovery.”

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 116 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.