February 23, 2021

Contact: Paul Feist
Office: 916-327-5353
Office E-mail: pfeist@cccco.edu

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on the approval of state COVID-19 relief for community college students:

“The state Legislature and Gov. Newsom have put students first by approving $100 million in emergency grants for qualifying low-income students dealing with the devastating effects of the pandemic while pursuing their educational goals. Up to 950,000 of our students could receive grants in a matter of weeks thanks to this legislation. The legislation signed today also will help more students enroll in CalFresh – the state-administered federal program for supplemental food assistance.”

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.