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PRESS RELEASE May 14, 2018

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California Community Colleges Board of Governors Awards $20 Million for the Chancellor’s Innovation Awards in Higher Education

Innovation Awards recognize programs that improve student success

SACRAMENTO, Calif. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today awarded $20 million to 11 California community colleges and districts for developing programs that bolster student success. The money will be split among the winning colleges and districts.

“Improving student outcomes is the cornerstone of our Vision for Success and the programs these colleges and districts have developed are truly making a difference for thousands of our students,” said Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “On behalf of the board and the entire system, I extend my congratulations on this well-deserved honor, and thank our colleges for the incredible work they’re doing to help change our students’ lives for the better.”

The 2017-18 Budget Act included $20 million for the Chancellor’s Higher Education Innovation Awards to be awarded by the board of governors. The awards recognize innovations that improve student success, and are sustainable and capable of being scaled across the state, with a particular focus on all of the following:

A list of all applications and more information can be found on the Chancellor’s Higher Education Innovation Awards website.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 114 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education in English and math, 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,, or