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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.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Sets Goal to Increase Student Completions by Nearly a Quarter of a Million Statewide

August 27, 2014

Los Angeles — The California Community Colleges announced today it will seek to increase the number of students earning certificates, degrees or transferring to four-year institutions by nearly a quarter of a million over the next 10 incoming freshman classes under college completion goals set by the system’s Board of Governors.

Media Advisory — Chancellor Brice W. Harris to Hold Press Conference and Media Briefing August 27 to Discuss Board of Governors’ Plans to Increase Number of Students Graduating or Transferring from the California Community Colleges

August 22, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris and California Community Colleges Board of Governors President Manuel Baca along with East Los Angeles College President Marvin Martinez and other college officials will hold a press conference and media teleconference to discuss the system’s intention to increase the number of students earning certificates, degrees, or transferring to four-year institutions by nearly a quarter of a million over the next 10 incoming freshman classes.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Applauds Final Legislative Approval of Bill Allowing Community Colleges to Confer Bachelor’s Degrees

August 21, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today issued statement in response to state Senate passage of SB 850 (Block), legislation authorizing the system to award bachelor’s degrees at 15 community colleges in limited circumstances

Press Release — California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges launch new student success campaign

August 21, 2014

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges unveiled the new Step:Forward campaign today — an awareness effort and website that encourages students to adopt successful behaviors to increase the likelihood they will achieve their educational and career goals.

Press Release — Two New Executive Hires Fill Posts Critical to Advancing Student Success Initiative in California Community Colleges

August 14, 2014

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges today announced the following executive office hires.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Makes $45 Million Investment to Cut Power Costs, Improve Energy Efficiency Job-Training Programs

August 11, 2014

Sacramento — Thanks to Proposition 39, the voter-approved initiative that provides funding for energy projects in state schools, the Chancellor’s Office dispersed $45 million to community colleges to pay for energy efficient and clean energy infrastructure improvements, and to enhance green jobs-training programs.

Media Advisory — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris and Board President Manuel Baca Laud New Federal Law that Lowers Tuition Costs for Non-Resident Veterans

August 8, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris and Board of Governors President Manuel Baca today praised legislation signed into law this week by President Obama that directs colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition to all veterans and their families, regardless of residency.

PR — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Welcomes President Obama to Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

July 24, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today welcomed President Obama to Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, in a visit that highlighted the critical role that community colleges play in developing the nation’s workforce.

Press Release — Dr. John W. Rice Award Presented to California Community Colleges Program and Employee Exemplifying Diversity and Equity at Ceremony Today

July 8, 2014

Sacramento — The 14th Annual Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award ceremony was held today at The Sterling Hotel in Sacramento and honored a college program and administrator whose work has fostered student equity, diversity, and access in the California Community Colleges system.

Press Relase — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Announces Updates to Executive Team

July 7, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today announced that Dr. Pamela Walker, currently interim president of American River College, has received an appointment by the Governor’s Office as vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Chancellor’s Office, and will begin this August.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Issues Statement Questioning Validity of New Report on Time to Completion

July 1, 2014

SacramentoPatrick Perry, vice chancellor for technology, research, and information systems, issued the following statement about a report issued today by the Campaign for College Opportunity on time to completion rates and student costs in California community colleges:.

Media Statement — Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Lauds Appointments to Board of Governors

June 30, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointment of Scott Budnick and the reappointment of Danny Hawkins to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges:.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Applauds State Assembly Committee Passage of Bill Allowing Community Colleges to Award Bachelor’s Degrees

June 24, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued a statement after the Assembly Higher Education Committee today passed SB 850 (Block), which would permit community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in limited circumstances.

Press Release — The California Community Colleges System Highlights Governor, Legislators with “I Can Afford College” Financial Aid Awareness Display at State Capitol

June 5, 2014

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office unveiled a three-panel display at the California State Capitol, which features key benefits of attending a California community college. The display specifically showcases California State Governor Jerry Brown and 55 members of the California State Legislature that attended or served at any of the 112 California community colleges.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Honors Four with 2014 Classified Employee of the Year Award

May 20, 2014

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors named Katy Fitzgerald, Mike Mitchell, Brooke Sauter, and Hoover Zariani as 2014 California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year and honored them today at the board of governors meeting in Sacramento.

MEDIA STATEMENT — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Applauds UC Plan to Admit Students from a Wider Array of Community Colleges

May 14, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement on a University of California (UC) plan, announced today at a UC Board of Regents meeting, which aims to boost the volume of transfers from a wider spectrum of California community colleges to the UC system.

MEDIA STATEMENT — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Applauds $50 Million Increase for Career Technical Education Funding in Revised 2014‐15 Budget Plan

May 13, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised 2014-15 state budget proposal, released today, which boosts career technical education funding by $50 million.

Press Release — California Community College Students to Get Leg Up on Way to Top Law Schools Under First of its Kind Pathway Program

May 1, 2014

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges and the State Bar of California today announced a new initiative that will provide students at 24 community colleges a smoother pathway to six of California’s top law schools.