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PRESS RELEASE — California Community Colleges Confers Record Number of Degrees and Certificates, Increases Student Enrollment in 2013-14, State of the System Report Finds 

January 21, 2015

Sacramento — California community colleges conferred a record number of degrees and certificates in the most recent academic year as enrollment and course offerings throughout the 112-college system increased for the first time since the Great Recession hit six years ago, according to figures released by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. 

MEDIA STATEMENT — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Responds to President Obama's State of the Union Proposal to Eliminate Community College Tuition 

January 20, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union proposal on community college tuition: 

PRESS RELEASE - First California Community College Bachelor's Degree Programs Receive Initial Approval from Board of Governors

January 20, 2015

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors, in a landmark move for public higher education, today gave initial approval to 15 colleges to develop bachelor’s degree programs in fields such as respiratory therapy, dental hygiene, automotive technology and aerospace manufacturing technology as part of a pilot program approved by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown.

MEDIA ADVISORY — Chancellor Brice W. Harris, State Sen. Marty Block to Hold Media Availability Today Following Board of Governors Consideration of Bachelor's Degree Programs 

January 20, 2015

Sacramento — Who: State Chancellor Brice W. Harris, Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), Board of Governors President Geoffrey Baum, San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance M. Carroll.

PRESS RELEASE — "I Can Afford College" Campaign Highlights Existing Financial Aid Opportunities as President Obama Unveils Proposal to Make Two Years of Community College Free 

January 19, 2015

Sacramento — President Obama is expected to announce plans tomorrow that would make community college free to millions of qualified community college students, an initiative consistent with the many financial aid opportunities promoted by the California Community Colleges "I Can Afford College" campaign that makes higher education accessible to millions of students.

MEDIA STATEMENT — Chancellor Harris Statement on Today's Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Ruling in Favor of City College of San Francisco 

January 14, 2015

Sacramento — Chancellor Brice W. Harris today issued the following statement on the decision of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to grant City College of San Francisco two more years to finish its recovery: 

MEDIA STATEMENT — Chancellor Harris Welcomes Newly Appointed Student Board of Governors Member 

January 14, 2015

Sacramento — Chancellor Brice W. Harris today issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown's appointment of Ravneet Kaur to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors: 



Today's News


California community colleges set record for degrees, certificates
The Los Angeles Times
Published: January 21, 2015 | (Link to story)
California’s community colleges need more state attention
Published: January 21, 2015 | (Link to story)
Help Community College Students: Bring Back Year-Round Pell
Inside Higher Ed
Published: January 22, 2015 | (Link to story)
What will the President's State of the Union proposals mean for California?
Southern California Public Radio
Published: January 21, 2015 | (Link to story)
Jerry Brown, Janet Napolitano form committee of two
The Sacramento Bee
Published: January 21, 2015 | (Link to story)

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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 112 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 112 campuses, the California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the United States.
  • Nearly one in every three community college students in the nation attends a California community college.
  • Most of the 112 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.

The 2013-2014 State Budget Funding for the California Community Colleges:

  • $25 million for Adult Education and $15.7 million Apprenticeship shift from K-12 to California Community Colleges.
  • $89 million to increase access.
  • $87.5 million for Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
  • $209 million reduction in payment deferrals.
  • $47 million energy efficiency/Proposition 39.
  • $16.9 million for statewide distance education initiative.