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BUDGET NEWS:

Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposed 2017-18 Budget for California Community Colleges: 

Gov. Jerry Brown released his proposed 2017-18 budget on January 10, 2017. For a detailed look at the proposed budget for California Community Colleges, please click here.


 

California Community Colleges Key Facts

Value to California:

  • California community colleges educate 70 percent of our state’s nurses.
  • California community colleges train 80 percent of firefighters, law enforcement personnel and emergency medical technicians.
  • Twenty-nine percent of University of California and 51 percent of California State University graduates started at a California community college.
  • Transfer students from the California community colleges to the University of California system currently account for 22 percent of UC’s bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • California community colleges offer associate degrees and short-term job training certificates in more than 175 fields, and more than 100,000 individuals are trained each year in industry-specific workforce skills.

High Return on College Education:

  • The California Community Colleges is the largest provider of workforce training in the state and nation.
  • For every $1 California invests in students who graduate from college, it will receive a net return on investment of $4.50.
  • Californians with a college degree will earn more than $1,340,000 more in their lifetime than their peers with only a high school diploma.
  • Students who earn a degree or certificate from a California community college nearly double their earnings within three years.
  • Attending or graduating from a community college doubles an individual’s chance of finding a job compared to those who failed to complete high school.
  • The California Community Colleges is the state’s most cost-effective system of education—the revenue needed to support one full-time community college student is slightly more than $8,000 per year.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that occupations that require an associate degree will grow by 18 percent through 2022— faster than the new job growth for those with a bachelor’s degree.

Workforce Skills Gap:

  • Undergraduate demand for the three public systems of higher education in California is expected to grow by 387,000 students by 2019.
  • The Public Policy Institute of California estimates by 2025 California will face a shortage of 1 million college degree and certificate holders needed to fuel its workforce.
  • With baby boomers retiring as the best educated and most skilled workforce in U.S. history, labor experts are concerned that California will lack workers with the critical aptitude needed to replace them.

Distance Education Fact Sheet:

  • California community colleges lead the way in distance education:
  • Of all courses offered at California’s community colleges, 17% are offered through distance education, and of those distance education courses 95% are online.
  • California community colleges first started offering distance education courses in 1979.
  • Of the 2.4 million students enrolled in 2017-2018 academic year, 932,343 (unduplicated) took at least one distance education course session (credit or noncredit).
  • Distance education more than doubled from 32,417 sessions in 2007-08 to 69,607 in 2017-18.
  • Two age categories – 18 to 19 and 20 to 24 – account for 56 (SR0796A11) percent of those enrolled in distance education courses in 2017-18.
  • Sixty-five percent of students surveyed in 2018 said they enrolled in at least one distance education course because it was convenient with their work schedule. Other reasons included the course met requirements for a degree (60%) or met the requirements for a transfer (58%).
  • The Internet provides California community college students with 95 percent of the distance education offerings. A passive method of instruction is next with 2 percent, followed by correspondence (1 percent).
  • Distance Education students can complete an online Associate Degree for Transfer in one of the 16 disciplines at 28 California Community Colleges
  • Students can find online courses at multiple colleges by going to California Virtual Campus and searching with the Finish Faster Online Tool.

General Facts:

  • With more than 2.1 million students on 115 campuses, the California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the United States.
  • One in every five community college students in the nation attends a California community college.
  • Most of the 115 colleges are on the semester system, but Foothill, De Anza and Lake Tahoe community colleges are on the quarter system.
  • One out of every four Californians ages 18-24 are currently enrolled in a community college.
  • Seventy three percent of community college students are people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and roughly 54 percent are female.

Student Demographics by Ethnicity for 2016-17

African-American

6.1%

Native American

0.4%

Asian

11.5%

Filipino

2.8%

Hispanic

43.6%

Pacific Islander

0.4%

White

26.4%

Multi-Ethnicity

3.7%

Unknown

5%

 

Student Demographics by Age for 2016-17

≤20

26.8%

20-24

30.9%

25-39

26.9%

40 and over
 15.4%
 Unknown  0%
 

Student Demographics by Gender for 2015-16

Female

53.6%

Male

45.2%

Unknown

1.2%

California Community Colleges Fee History:

Fiscal Year

Fee (per unit)

1984-85

$5*

1991-92

$6

1993-94

$10

1994-95

$13

1998-99

$12

1999-00

$11

2003-04

$18

2004-05

$26

2006-07

$20

2009-10

$26

2011-12

$36

Summer 2012

$46

*Prior to 1984, community colleges charged no fee

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