March 10, 2021

Contact: Paul Feist
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on the Congressional approval of the coronavirus relief package:

“Today’s historic action by Congress paves the way for $2.2 billion in assistance for community college students and colleges as they continue to face challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. Emergency aid for students, resources to expand in person teaching and learning when safe to do so, coupled with expanded support for families and communities, will help California emerge from the pandemic stronger and better positioned to serve all students. This federal investment provides colleges with support to retain and reengage students whose lives have been deeply affected by this crisis.”

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.