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Media Statement — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris’ Statement on Newly proposed Community College Partnership Tax Credit

February 5, 2016

Sacramento — :California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued a statement on a proposed Community College Partnership Tax Credit, introduced today by the Department of Education.:

Press Release — Board of Governors and Community College League Team Up to Support California College Promise Legislation

February 4, 2016

Sacramento — Board of Governors and Community College League Team Up to Support California College Promise Legislation

Media Advisory — California Community Colleges Chancellor to Give Overview of Student Success Initiative to Senate Education Committee

February 1, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris will give an overview on the implementation of the California Community Colleges Student Success Initiative to the Senate Education Committee. Theresa D. Tena, vice chancellor of Institutional Effectiveness and Francisco Rodriguez, chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District will also speak, along with leaders from several colleges throughout the state and student representatives. 


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Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Recognizes 2015-16 Exemplary Program Award Recipients

January 20, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today recognized two California community colleges as 2015-16 Exemplary Program Award recipients. Las Positas College and Pasadena City College were chosen for developing programs that utilize contextualized teaching and learning strategies to further student success.

Press Release— California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Presents State of the System Report

January 19, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges released its annual State of the System report on Tuesday, with results from the 2014-15 academic year showing another record reached in the number of certificates and degrees earned by students as well as increased number of course sections offered throughout the 113-college system.

Press Release — California Community Colleges’ “I Can Afford College” Financial Aid Awareness Initiative Launches New Advertising Campaign Featuring Zach King

January 15, 2016

Sacramento —The California Community College’s Chancellors Office on Monday, January 18, will launch a new advertising campaign for its “I Can Afford College” statewide financial aid awareness initiative. The new digital media and radio ads remind current and prospective students of the financial aid opportunities available year-round at California community colleges.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris’ Statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2016-2017 Budget Proposal

January 7, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued a statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2016-17 budget proposal, which was released today

Press Release — Number of Associate Degrees for Transfer Awarded Nearly Doubles in California Community Colleges Over the Past Year

December 10, 2015

Sacramento — The Associate Degree for Transfer program, a joint venture between the California Community Colleges and the California State Universities (CSU) systems, is showing rapid and marked success as it continues to grow. The number of degrees awarded through the program in 2014-2015 is nearly double the number of degrees awarded the year before.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and College of the Canyons Hosted Summit on Inmate and Reentry Education

December 9, 2015

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and College of the Canyons hosted a two- day Summit on Inmate and Reentry Education that explored educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students, as well as showcased efforts toward effective and sustainable college program development. The event was held in Sacramento on Monday and Tuesday.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris applauds University of California Transfer Application Deadline Extension

December 2, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement on the University of California’s announcement today that the transfer application deadline is extended. Students who wish to apply to transfer to UC for the fall 2016 semester now have until January 4, 2016 to complete their application.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Honors Two Community College Programs with Student Success Award

November 20, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris on Friday honored two community college programs with the 2015 Chancellor’s Student Success Award. The award is presented to programs that succeed in supporting students as they achieve their higher education goals. This year’s honorees are Citrus College’s STEM Summer Research Experience Program and College of the Canyons’ Accelerate Your Dreams to Reality Program.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Approves Funding for Educational Support Program for Foster Youth 

November  18, 2015

Walnut Creek, Calif. — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors this week approved up to $15 million to fund  Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES) programs at 10 community college districts across
California. 

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Moves Forward with Search Process for New Chancellor to Lead 113-College System 

November 17, 2015

Walnut Creek, Calif. — California Community Colleges Board of Governors President Geoffrey L. Baum this week appointed an 11-member committee to assist with the search for a candidate who will replace Chancellor Brice W. Harris after he retires in April. Board of Governors Vice President Cecilia Estolano will chair the committee...

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Re-elects Officers for 2016

November 17, 2015

Walnut Creek, Calif. — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors re-elected Geoffrey L. Baum to serve as president and Cecilia V. Estolano to serve as vice president for 2016 during its meeting that ended today. The board, appointed by the governor, nominates and elects its president and vice president each November.

Press Release — Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges Unanimously Approves Workforce Task Force Recommendations 

November 16, 2015

Walnut Creek, Calif. — Today the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges approved the 25 recommendations put forth by the Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy to strengthen workforce education throughout the 113-college system. The recommendations are to help ensure a workforce with relevant skills and quality credentials that meet employer needs.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Unanimously Calls for Plan to Establish New Model for Accrediting System’s 113 Colleges 

November 16, 2015

Walnut Creek, Calif. — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors on Monday unanimously directed the state Chancellor’s Office to develop a new model for accrediting the system’s colleges and to report back in March 2016 on details and a timeline for implementing the changes.

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

November 9, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointments of Andrew Campbell and Hasun Khan to the Board of Governors:

"I would like to welcome Mr. Campbell and Mr. Khan to the board as the new student representatives. They are both extremely accomplished young men and I congratulate both of them on this achievement. Their fellow California Community Colleges students will be well-represented with them on the board, and my colleagues and I look forward to working with them to continue improving education opportunities and experiences for everyone in our system.”

Press Release — California Community Colleges programs lead to higher incomes, especially among women

November 6, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges programs in career and technical education drive higher incomes, especially for women, according to a new policy brief by UC Davis. The study’s authors analyzed data from the California Community College Chancellor's Office, and measured how much a degree or certificate in the six largest career and technical education disciplines impacted income. The disciplines included in the study were business, information technology, engineering, health, family/consumer studies and security/law enforcement.

Press Release —  California Community Colleges Celebrates Legislation that Expands High School Students’ Access to College Classes

November 4, 2015

Sacramento — ::California Community Colleges Board of Governors President Geoffrey L. Baum and Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, today celebrated the signing of legislation that will expand high school students’ access to college level coursework, providing them with an early opportunity to acquire academic skills that will help them succeed in college. A ceremony was held at Pasadena City College to mark the occasion. 

Media Advisory — California Community Colleges to Celebrate the Signing of Legislation that Expands High School Students’ Access to Higher Education

November 3, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Board of Governors President Geoffrey L. Baum and Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, will celebrate the signing of Holden’s AB 288 on dual enrollment. The bill creates partnerships between high schools and community colleges to allow a broader range of students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on college campuses.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris announces plans to retire in April 2016

October 13, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today announced that he will return to retirement in April after more than three years at the helm of nation’s largest system of public higher education, leading it on a course to expand educational opportunities for students and help them succeed in greater numbers.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris praises legislation that expands high school students’ access to college instruction

October 8, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today praised Gov. Jerry Brown for signing legislation that will expand high school students’ access to college level coursework, providing them with an early opportunity to acquire academic skills that will help them succeed in college.

Assembly Bill 288 by Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, will create partnerships between high schools and community colleges to allow a broader range of students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on college campuses – what is known as concurrent or dual enrollment.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Honors Winners of the 2015 Energy and Sustainability Awards

September 21, 2015

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today honored Mt. San Antonio College, College of the Sequoias (Visalia Campus), Orange Coast College, and Santiago Canyon College as winners of the annual Excellence in Energy and Sustainability award competition for the implementation of Proposition 39 projects. Santa Ana College, Victor Valley College, and Irvine Valley College have been selected as honorable mentions in the contest. The awards are presented to community colleges that promote energy efficiency and sustainability on their campuses.

Press Release — The California Community Colleges System Keeps Its 30 Year Promise to the State’s Students

September 16, 2015

Sacramento — With the national conversation surrounding affordability of higher education, the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation, is proud to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver, a program that waives community college fees for qualified students unable to afford it. As national leaders deliberate over President Obama’s America’s College Promise initiative, California serves as a shining example of how to keep higher education affordable.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Comments on the Release of the 2015 Chancellor’s Office Task Force Report on Accreditation

August 28, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued a statement on today's release of the report by the 2015 Chancellor's Office Task Force Report on Accreditation

Media Advisory — California Community Colleges to Hold San Francisco Town Hall Meeting on Recommendations to Improve Delivery of Workforce Education

August 20, 2015

Sacramento — Members of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Chancellor Brice W. Harris will participate in a town hall meeting to discuss 25 recommendations developed by a task force aimed at improving the delivery of workforce education in the system’s 113 community colleges.