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Press Release — Newly Appointed City College of San Francisco Special Trustee to Guide Return of Control to Locally Elected Board of Trustees

February 23, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today appointed Dr. Guy Lease to serve as the new special trustee who will guide the transition of governance back to the locally elected board of trustees, a transfer of authority scheduled to be completed in the next several months.

MEDIA ADVISORY — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris to Announce Appointment of New City College of San Francisco Special Trustee

February 20, 2015

Sacramento — Who/What: California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris will join City College of San Francisco leaders to announce the appointment of a new special trustee. Harris will also update the media on the timeline for transitioning governance back to the locally elected Board of Trustees. Joining Harris and the new special trustee will be leaders from the City College of San Francisco community.

MEDIA STATEMENT — Chancellor Brice W. Harris’ Statement on Recommendations From Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers to Streamline Federal Higher Education Regulations

February 13, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today urged Congress and the U.S. Department of Education to move quickly on new recommendations commissioned by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to streamline and reduce federal regulations for colleges and universities.

PRESS RELEASE — For Spring Term, California Community College Students Now Have More Than 1,600 Streamlined Transfer Degrees to Choose From Statewide 

February 3, 2015

Sacramento — California community college students aspiring to earn an associate degree guaranteeing admission to California State University (CSU) through a streamlined transfer program will have more than 1,600 degrees available starting this spring session, according to the California Community Colleges and CSU.  The California Community Colleges exceeded its goal of developing 1,600 Associate in Arts for Transfer and Associate in Science for Transfer degrees throughout the 112-college system by January 1, 2015. 

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. 

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: 

MEDIA STATEMENT — Chancellor Brice W. Harris Statement on Gov. Jerry Brown's 2015-16 Budget Proposal

January 9, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown's 2015-16 budget proposal, which was released today: 

MEDIA STATEMENT — Chancellor Brice W. Harris Statement on President Obama's Proposal to Make Two Years of Community College Free for Students 

January 9, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement today on President Obama's recently announced proposal to make two years of community college free for students: 

PRESS RELEASE — Contra Costa College President Selected to be Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Special Programs at Chancellor's Office 

January 7, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today announced his selection of Dr. Denise F. Noldon to serve as interim vice chancellor for student services and special programs at the Chancellor's Office.  Noldon, currently president of Contra Costa College, will start Jan. 20 pending approval by the Board of Governors.

PRESS RELEASE — Business and Labor Leaders Join Educators to Serve on California Community Colleges Task Force on Jobs and Workforce Education

December 17, 2014

Sacramento — Chancellor Brice W. Harris today announced he has appointed 24 individuals to a task force charged with developing policies to prepare more students for existing high value jobs and promote job creation with workforce training that sparks small business development and lures out-of-state business investment in key industry sectors.

PRESS RELEASE — California Community Colleges Hosts Veterans Summit in San Jose

December 4, 2014

San Jose, Calif. — Nearly 300 California Community Colleges faculty, staff, and administrators and other professionals who work with student veterans are meeting today in San Jose to attend a summit to share information and best practices to help colleges develop or expand services for these students and learn how to better understand and address their needs.

PRESS RELEASE — Chancellor's Office Launches "InnovationMaker" Grant Series with $1.2 Million Award to Strengthen STEM Teacher Workforce Recruitment and Training

December 4, 2014

Sacramento — Seeking to increase the number of teachers with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), K-12, adult education, and career technical education (CTE) qualifications, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office today announced it has awarded $1.2 million in grants to 10 community college districts with existing Teacher Preparation Pipeline programs in order to more effectively recruit and train students for careers as teachers in these disciplines.

MEDIA ADVISORY — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris to Launch Two-Day Veterans Summit Tomorrow in San Jose

December 3, 2014

Who: California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris will welcome attendees to the summit, which is aimed at improving services for student veterans in the California Community Colleges.  Veterans services coordinators from several California State University and University of California campuses will also attend.

PRESS RELEASE — Key Partner Added to California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Initiative to Provide Technical Assistance to Colleges

December 2, 2014

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has partnered with College of the Canyons in a new effort to help community colleges throughout the state improve their fiscal and operational effectiveness and provide technical support that will promote student success. 

MEDIA STATEMENT — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Issues Statement on Higher Education Bill Under Consideration in Legislature

December 2, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today issued the following statement on SB 15, a bill affecting higher education in the state authored by Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) currently under consideration in the Legislature:

PRESS RELEASE — Three California Community Colleges Programs Honored with Chancellor's Student Success Award

November 21, 2014

Rancho Mirage, Calif. — In recognition of the "ambitious and unstinting" efforts of three California community college programs toward fostering student success and equity, Chancellor Brice W. Harris presented the Student Success Award at a ceremony today to representatives of American River College's Veterans Resource Center, Merced Community College District's Study Central, and Solano Community College's Umoja Program Scholars.

PRESS RELEASE — California Community College Districts Show Overwhelming Interest in Developing Four-Year Degree Programs

November 19, 2014

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges today announced that thirty-six districts- half of all districts in the system- submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor's Office indicating their desire to host a baccalaureate degree program, signaling strong support for legislation signed by the governor this fall authorizing the system to award bachelor's degrees as part of a limited pilot program.

PRESS RELEASE — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Elects Officers for 2015

November 17, 2014

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors elected Geoffrey L. Baum to serve as president and Cecilia V. Estolano to serve as vice president for the 2015 calendar term during its meeting today.  The board, appointed by the governor, nominates and elects its president and vice president each November.  The chosen officials serve for a one-year term.

PRESS RELEASE — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Creates Task Force to Improve Workforce Education and Promote Job Creation

November 17, 2014

Sacramento — Seeking to make community college workforce education even more responsive to the state's economy, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors today established a task force to develop policies that will prepare more students for existing high value jobs and promote job creation with workforce training that sparks small business development and lures out-of-state business investment in key industry sectors.

PRESS RELEASE — Streamlined California Community Colleges and California State University Transfer Program Confers Nearly 12,000 Associate’s Degrees in 2013-14

November 10, 2014

Sacramento — SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The number of community college students who earned an associate degree through the California Community Colleges and California State University “A Degree with a Guarantee” transfer program more than doubled to 11,673 in 2013-14, the two college systems announced today. Students who earn an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the California State University. Of the 11,673 students who earned an associate’s degree for transfer, 6,905 went on to transfer to a CSU campus.

Press Release — Mobile app to help Latino families make college and career decisions

October 24, 2014

Sacramento — Education offers one of the most reliable paths for young people to create a better life for themselves and their families, but many Californians still lack access to data-driven college and career planning advice. A new project—funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and tailored for the underserved Latino community—aims to change that.

Media Statement — Chancellor Brice W. Harris Statement on the Death of Former California Community Colleges Chancellor David Mertes

October 10, 2014

Sacramento — Chancellor Brice W. Harris issues a statement today on the passing of former Chancellor David Mertes, 83, who died yesterday.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Launches Financial Literacy Campaign

Oct 2, 2014

Sacramento — Taking action to help students make wise financial choices and prepare for their future, the California Community Colleges today announced it has partnered with the non-profit organization National Endowment for Financial Education, to make its free online financial literacy product, “CashCourse,” available to every student in the system.

Media Statement — Chancellor Brice W. Harris Congratulates Chaffey College and College Consortium for Winning $14.9 Million Federal Grant to Develop Inland Empire Career Training Program

September 30, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement after Vice President Biden announced yesterday that Chaffey College and a consortium of Southern California colleges won $14.9 million to partner with employers in the region to expand and improve education and career training programs to help job-seekers obtain skills they need for in-demand jobs.

Press Release — California Community Colleges to Award Bachelor’s Degrees Under Historic Legislation Signed by Gov. Brown

September 29, 2014

Sacramento — In an historic first for public higher education in the state, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation yesterday that allows California community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees in fields not currently served by the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).

Op-Ed — California Community Colleges Take a Proactive Approach to Raising Awareness About Financial Literacy, Helping Students Make Informed Choices About College Costs
by Chancellor Brice W. Harris

September 17, 2014

Sacramento — It is widely reported that Americans are saddled with $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. As this number illustrates, a large number of students cannot afford to pursue higher education in this country without taking on loans, even with the help of grants and scholarships. Ironically, these loans can wreck the financial lives of many if not repaid, despite being intended to finance something aimed at improving a person’s life.

Media Advisory — Three Higher Education Segment Leaders Headline Panel at Silicon Valley Leadership Group Education Summit

September 12, 2014

Mountain ViewThe three leaders of California’s public higher education segments will discuss Preparing 21st Century Graduates in a panel discussion to be moderated by Carl Guardino, president/CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Rosemary Turner, president of UPS Northern California.  The topics to be addressed include: maintaining quality, affordability and access; workforce readiness; and how private industry can support a qualified pool of higher education graduates.

Press Release — California Labor Agency and California Community Colleges to Administer $1 Million Drought-related Training Program in the San Joaquin Valley

September, 2014

Sacramento — Today the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), the Employment Training Panel (ETP), and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office signed an agreement to provide job training to workers and employers in California locales hit hardest by the drought:

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Announces Winners of 2014 Energy and Sustainability Awards

September 8, 2014

Sacramento —The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has selected College of the Desert, Copper Mountain College, Skyline College, Cañada College, and Imperial Valley College as winners of the annual Energy and Sustainability Awards competition. The awards are presented to community colleges or districts that promote energy efficiency and sustainability on their campuses.