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Media Advisory — Tuition-Free Community College Will Be Focus of Conference Attended by State and National Education Leaders

August 23, 2016

Sacramento — A statewide gathering of more than 350 California community college staff, administrators, trustees and partners who are interested in developing or improving a College Promise program. California is considered a leader in implementing these programs, which provide students with financial support and wrap-around services to enable them to attend and complete community college. This gathering will offer participants ideas and strategies on a number of central components of College Promise programs as well as the opportunity to connect with others implementing and developing College Promise programs across the state.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Start Fall 2016 With Improved Transfer Pathways, Bachelor’s Degree Programs at 10 Colleges and More Partnerships That Enhance College Affordability

August 22, 2016

Sacramento — California’s community colleges are welcoming students this fall term with improved transfer pathways to California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) as well as bachelor degree offerings at 10 colleges as part of a historic pilot program aimed at meeting the needs of the state’s changing economy. Additionally, college will be more affordable for thousands of students thanks to nearly two dozen College Promise programs now in place or beginning soon across the state.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner’s Statement on New Appointment to Board of Governors

July 21, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointment of Eman Dalili to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors

Press Release — Dr. John W. Rice Award Presented to California Community Colleges Programs Exemplifying Diversity and Equity

July 19, 2016

Sacramento — The 16th Annual Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award ceremony today honored three college programs whose work has fostered student equity, diversity and access in the California Community Colleges. The ceremony was held at the Crocker Art Museum.

Press Release — Eloy Ortiz Oakley Named Chancellor of the California Community Colleges

July 18, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today announced the unanimous selection of Long Beach Community College District Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley, a nationally known innovator in public education, as the next chancellor to lead the largest and most diverse system of public higher education in the nation.

Media Advisory — California Community Colleges Board of Governors to Name New Chancellor on July 18

July 15, 2016

Sacramento — Board of Governors President Geoffrey L. Baum will introduce the chancellor of the nation’s largest system of higher education at the beginning of the board’s regularly scheduled public meeting. A media availability will follow.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Welcomes New Vice Chancellor

July 12, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office today announces the promotion of Mario Rodriguez to the role of vice chancellor of the College Finance and Facilities Planning Division. Rodriguez had filled the position on an acting basis since April.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Vice President Cecilia V. Estolano Appointed to the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education

July 5, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Vice President Cecilia V. Estolano issued the following statement on her appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner’s Statement on Gov. Jerry Brown Signing the State Budget

June 27, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown signing the 2016-17 state budget.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner’s Statement on the Legislature’s Passage of the State Budget

June 16, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner issued this statement on the Legislature’s passage of the 2016-17 state budget.

Press Release — Voters Pass Five Local Bond Measures to Upgrade and Improve California Community Colleges

June 9, 2016

Sacramento — Voters in five California community college districts on Tuesday approved local bond measures totaling more than $2.7 billion. The funds will be used to renovate community colleges campuses, modernize classrooms and facilities, fund new buildings and improve accessibility for the disabled.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner’s Statement on Member Reappointment to Board of Governors

June 8, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s reappointment of Dr. Joseph J. Bielanski, Jr. to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Expands Guaranteed Transfer Agreement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities

June 8, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges has expanded its guaranteed transfer agreement with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to include an additional 12 schools. In March 2015, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors signed the initial agreement with the leaders of nine HBCUs, guaranteeing admission for California community college students who meet certain academic criteria admission. The California Community Colleges is the only statewide community college system to have a transfer agreement of this kind with HBCUs.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Approves $60 Million in Grant Funding for Basic Skills Education

May 16, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today approved $60 million in grant funding for the California Community Colleges Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation Program. A total of 43 community colleges across California will receive a portion of the funds.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Honors Four with 2016 Classified Employee of the Year Award

May 16, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors at their board meeting today honored Kim Goff, Stan Rapada, Rebecca Saffold and Jocelyn Vila as the 2016 California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Acting Chancellor Erik E. Skinner’s Statement on Gov. Brown’s Revised Budget Plan

May 13, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Acting Chancellor Erik E. Skinner issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised state budget plan, which was released today.

Media Statement — California Community Colleges Acting Chancellor Erik E. Skinner’s Statement on Member Reappointment to Board of Governors

May 12, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Acting Chancellor Erik E. Skinner issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s reappointment of Danny Hawkins to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Chancellor Praises New UC Davis Center Supporting Community College Leadership Through Education and Research

March 30, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today praised the launch of a new University of California, Davis School of Education program to support and cultivate current and future community college leaders through professional development and research.

Press Release — New Research Finds California Community Colleges Fee Waiver Program is Most Effective in the Country at Providing Assistance to Needy Students

March 29, 2016

Sacramento — New research comparing community college state financial aid “Promise” programs and other efforts directed at covering tuition around the country shows that the California Community Colleges fee waiver program does the most to provide access to students in need of financial assistance.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Honors Four Faculty Members with 2015-16 Gerald C. Hayward Award for Excellence in Education

March 22, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today honored four professors with the 2015-16 Gerald C. Hayward Award for Excellence in Education. The winners are: Melinda Kashuba, Shasta College geography professor; Linda McAllister, Berkeley City College sociology professor; Kathy Molloy, Santa Barbara City College English and Developmental Reading/Writing professor; and Anjeanette Oberg, MiraCosta College psychology professor. Each winner received a commemorative plaque and $1,250...

Press Release — California Community Colleges and University of California Combine to Promote Transfer and Support Students

March 21, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges and the University of California will team up to expand outreach and support for transfer students interested in attending UC, the two systems announced jointly today...

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Unanimously Appoints Erik Skinner as Acting Chancellor and Names Retiring Chancellor Brice W. Harris as Chancellor Emeritus

March 21, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today appointed Deputy Chancellor Erik Skinner as acting chancellor for the California Community Colleges beginning April 2. Skinner will temporarily replace Chancellor Brice W. Harris who will retire after 45 years in public service. In a separate action, the board also awarded Harris with the honorary title of Chancellor Emeritus of the California Community Colleges...

Press Release — California Community Colleges Board of Governors Unanimously Approves Plan to Change Accreditation

March 21, 2016

Sacramento — The California Community Colleges today approved plans to better align the system’s 113 colleges with other segments of higher education through changes to the current accreditation structure...

PRESS RELEASE — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris to Receive ACE Lifetime Achievement Award

March 9, 2016

SacramentoThe American Council on Education (ACE) announced today that California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris will receive the ACE Lifetime Achievement Award this weekend in San Francisco.

Press Release — California Community Colleges Hosts Fifth Veterans Summit in City of Industry

March 3, 2016

Sacramento — Hundreds of California Community Colleges faculty, staff and administrators, along with other professionals who work with veterans, are attending the California Community Colleges Veterans Summit today and tomorrow in City of Industry. The purpose of the summit is to share information and best practices to better help veterans transition to higher education.

Press Release — New California Community Colleges Accountability Metric Reveals Nearly $500 Million in Wage Gains by Students Who are “Skills Builders”

March 3, 2016

Sacramento — Students who take career technical education courses to maintain or add to their job 
skills experience median wage increases of 13.6 percent, or $4,300, according to a new student performance 
measurement developed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.



Media Statement — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris’ Statement on New Appointment to Board of Governors

March 2, 2016

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

Media Advisory — California Community Colleges Hosts Fifth Veterans Summit

February 29, 2016

Sacramento — California Community Colleges, in conjunction with the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, will host the fifth California Community Colleges Veterans Summit to help our returning veterans transition to civilian life through higher education.