April 28, 2021
Contact: Paige Marlatt Dorr
Office E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on President Joe Biden’s proposed American Families Plan:
“The American Families Plan sends a bold message to the nation that the Biden Administration is deeply committed to supporting all Americans seeking a higher education, regardless of their status. California has been committed to providing free tuition for low-income community college students for more than three decades. We are pleased to see the inclusion of a grant program for institutions to support the completion and retention of low-income students, an effort directly aligned with our system’s Vision for Success goals to close equity gaps. We know that these non-tuition related policy investments are key to student success.
California community colleges are the primary pathway to educational and economic mobility for Californians of all backgrounds. We look forward to working with Congress and the Biden Administration to ensure that our 116 community colleges can support our 2.1 million students to reach their higher education goals"
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.