PRESS RELEASE March 28, 2017

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California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley Addresses Higher Education Needs of Chinese Community at Media Roundtable

Los Angeles, Calif. – California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley hosted a Chinese media roundtable to address higher education needs of the Chinese community and to share key information and facts on the community college system and the availability of many different types of financial aid. Chancellor Oakley heads the largest system of higher education in the nation that is composed of a network of 113 community colleges throughout California.

The media event was aimed to ensure the Chinese community and the other diverse communities that make- up California have access to a quality and affordable higher education. The California Community Colleges system plans to launch later this year a Chinese language version of its financial aid resource website

Featured local education leaders speaking on a panel with Chancellor Oakley included:

“One of the California Community Colleges’ top priorities is to continue to provide higher education access to all communities in California,” said Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “With each community there are many challenges and our system hopes to provide the tools and resources that will mitigate these obstacles and make attending college affordable and feasible because a success in our higher education system will be a success for the overall prosperity of our great state of California.”

The media roundtable raised awareness among Chinese students on the affordability of college, the value of a community college education, key facts on various financial aid opportunities available to community college students, and updates on new upcoming projects and initiatives aimed at helping to inform the Chinese community.

“The Chinese and Asian Pacific Islander community put a high value on education attainment,” said Mike Eng, Los Angeles Community College District Trustee. “I am excited to be working with Chancellor Oakley in bringing to light the opportunities that are available to everyone at their local community college.”


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Initiatives targeting the Chinese community include the development of an in-language website under the “I Can Afford College” campaign that will be released later this spring and provides financial aid resources, tips, information on deadlines and how to connect with local counselors for free one-on-one help identifying the types of aid that are right and completing the forms. The California Community Colleges “I Can Afford College” campaign is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative sponsored by the State of California. The purpose of the campaign is to educate current and prospective students about the year-round availability of financial aid at California’s 113 community colleges to help pay fees, books, supplies and sometimes even rent.

Key Facts


The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit