May 28, 2021
Contact: Melissa Villarin
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on President Joe Biden’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2022:

“President Joe Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget represents a strong commitment to helping millions of Americans realize the promise of a college education. It puts the needs of students first by seeking to provide two years of tuition-free community college nationwide, while also proposing a much-needed increase in the maximum Pell Grant, to address non-tuition costs. The President’s Budget also would also expand work based learning opportunities and provide greater access to apprenticeships, which would help students gain the skills they need to obtain steady, high-wage jobs in an ever-changing economy. Together, these proposals represent a courageous vision for higher education that will enable students to meet their basic needs, afford the total cost of attendance and secure a living wage. As the nation moves forward to Build Back Better, California Community Colleges will help lead the way in closing equity gaps and expanding opportunity for all, and we have never had stronger partners in Washington than we do with President Biden and Secretary Cardona.”

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.