June 22, 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on today’s budget agreement:
“The Governor and Legislature were presented with an unprecedented economic challenge in the wake of COVID-19. Through tough choices, a prudent agreement has been reached that prioritizes the continuity of education for the most diverse and most economically disadvantaged students in all of higher education. Colleges are being asked to defer funding to future years. While this will create operational challenges, students will remain at the forefront of all choices. As colleges continue at the front lines of the response to COVID-19, we will advocate for the restoration of revenues as quickly as possible in order to speed California’s recovery and ensure its resilience. Now is the time to turn our attention to Washington, D.C. and urge our federal leaders to put partisan politics aside and approve the relief needed by America’s cities and states.”
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.