September 29, 2023
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Sonya Christian today released the following statement on the passing of Sen. Dianne Feinstein:

“Sen. Feinstein was a towering force for good for California and our nation. Her ability to break glass ceilings inspired countless women, and she demonstrated skill and compassion as she led her city. She was a fierce and accomplished advocate in the U.S. Senate, fighting for justice and equality at every turn. She was committed to the inherent power that education has to transform lives, and she was always a supporter of the California Community Colleges and our students. She will be remembered and missed, and we are inspired to carry on her values.”

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.