October 07, 2022
Contact: Melissa Villarin
Office: 916-327-5365
Office E-mail: MVillarin@CCCCO.edu

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom and higher education leaders, including California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Daisy Gonzales, PhD, will join California Volunteers and thousands of college students from across the state to celebrate the launch and swearing-in of the first #CaliforniansForAll College Corps Fellows. The event will celebrate more than 3,000 students who will earn $10,000 for serving their communities this academic year.

Hundreds of students from 19 California community colleges throughout the state are among those that make up the first cohort of Fellows. These Fellows will dedicate time this academic year to tackling the biggest issues facing our state by working in their communities to tutor and mentor low-income students, distributing meals to those facing food insecurity and taking on climate action across California. This new service initiative will help students graduate college on time and with less debt.

The livestreamed event will feature Gov. Newsom, student speakers, entertainment, and music—culminating in students from the California Community Colleges, University of California, California State University, and private colleges being sworn in as the first ever California College Corps Fellows.

When: Friday, October 7th 12:00 p.m.

Where: The ceremony will be available to view via online live watch parties:
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Background: College Corps is a statewide paid service program that provides meaningful work to underserved college students, helping them graduate on-time and with less debt while benefiting the local community. Students will receive up to $10,000 for completing a year of service. It’s the first time that students covered by California Assembly Bill 540 – a nonresident tuition exemption for undocumented and other eligible students at the state’s public colleges and universities – have been included in a state service program.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 116 colleges serving 1.8 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; and degree and certificate pathways. 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, Instagram and Twitter.