June 28, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on Gov. Gavin Newsom signing the state budget.
“Gov. Newsom and the state Legislature deserve thanks for supporting community college students in the budget signed into law. The budget expands the California College Promise, provides resources to help tackle hunger and homelessness and takes a first step toward broadly increasing need-based financial aid by expanding the Cal Grant program. The budget includes increases in overall funds for community colleges, with continued implementation of the Student Centered Funding Formula, and demonstrates a commitment to serving working adults with sustained funding for the online college, Calbright. We will continue to work with the administration and lawmakers on a more comprehensive solution to ensuring that our neediest students have access to non-tuition financial aid to help them succeed academically.”
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 115 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 web site or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.