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Press Release — California Community Colleges Begin Deployment of New Academic Advising and Planning Platform

July 28, 2015

Sacramento — Community college students throughout California will soon have access to new technology that will help them identify their academic goals, develop structured, personalized plans for success and make informed course choices about their education.

Press Release: — Dr. John W. Rice Award presented to two California Community Colleges instructors for exceptional work promoting diversity and equity on campus

July 21, 2015

Sacramento — Two distinguished California Community Colleges instructors were honored today with the Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award for their work in fostering student equity, diversity and access in the California Community Colleges

Press Release — Clovis Community College becomes 113th college with approval by California Community Colleges Board of Governors

July 20, 2015

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unanimously today to recognize Clovis Community College as the 113th campus of the state’s community college system.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Welcomes New
Appointee to the Board of Governors

July 10, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued a statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointment of Jeff Burdick to the Board of Governors.

Media Statement — Chancellor Brice W. Harris’ Statement on the University of California’s Transfer Plan for California Community Colleges Students

July 7, 2015

Sacramento —California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris responds to University of California’s introduction of a new academic roadmap for California Community Colleges students who plan to apply to transfer to UC campuses, a step forward in an effort to simplify the admissions process and help students better prepare for transfer to the university.

MEDIA STATEMENT — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issues statement on budget deal 

June 16, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today issued the following statement on the budget deal struck by Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislative leaders: 

PRESS RELEASE — Interim general counsel for California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office named

June 16, 2015

Sacramento — Chancellor Brice W. Harris today announced that Thuy Thi Nguyen, general counsel for the Peralta Community College District, has been named interim general counsel for the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.  

PRESS RELEASE — California Community Colleges overhauls nation's largest virtual catalog of online courses, marks progress on system-wide improvement to distance education

June 8, 2015

Sacramento — Chancellor Brice W. Harris today announced that the California Community Colleges has upgraded its web-based catalog of online college courses, California Virtual Campus, to  make it easier for students to find transferrable courses, marking a major milestone in the system's bid to improve student access and completion rates through enhanced distance education services. 

MEDIA ADVISORY — Major improvements in the California Community Colleges' online education effort to be introduced Monday 

June 3, 2015

Sacramento — Who: California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris; Pat James, executive director of the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative; Steve Klein, program director, California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative. 



Today's News


The Office of Communications is taking a short break from publishing Today’s News. Distribution of the publication will resume in August 2015.

Our communications team wishes you fun and relaxation this summer season and we’re looking forward to working closely with you during the 2015-16 academic year.

Warm summer wishes,

The Office of Communications


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California Community Colleges Commitment to War Veterans 

Short film: "California Community Colleges Commitment to Veterans"

More than 50 percent of the California veterans who use their G.I. Bill benefits to enroll in college do so at one of the state's 113 community colleges. This short film showcases the best practices in serving the needs of these returning veterans, who also share their thoughts and experiences on transitioning back to civilian life.

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Fast Facts

Did you know?

General Facts:

  • With more than 2.1 million students on 113 campuses, the California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the United States.
  • Approximately one in every five community college students in the nation attends a California community college.
  • Most of the 113 colleges are on the semester system, but Foothill, DeAnza and Lake Tahoe community colleges are on the quarter system.
  • Three out of every 10 Californians ages 18-24 are currently enrolled in a community college.
  • Fifty-five percent of community college students are people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and roughly 53 percent are female.

Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposed 2015-16 Budget for California Community Colleges:

  • Total funding proposed for the California Community Colleges is $7.3 billion, which is an increase of 8 percent compared to the 2014-15 fiscal year.
  • $106.9 million for increased access – This funding would increase access statewide for approximately 45,000 students (headcount).
  • $200 million for student success – These funds will be split evenly between Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) and Student Equity Plans. 
  • $48 million for Career Technical Education – These one-time funds are proposed for support of the SB 1070 Career Technical Education Pathways Program.