Omar Rodriguez - 2015 State of the System
A student at Irvine Valley College, Omar shares his story of overcoming a learning disability and a teacher who steered him away from pursing a higher education.
Tamika Narvaez-Payne - 2015 State of the System
Tamika Narvaez-Payne, a student at Bakersfield College, shares her inspirational story about her path to higher education.
California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Discusses Rescue Plan for City College of San Francisco.
California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris introduces a groundbreaking new website that allows students and the public to view the aggregated median earnings of those who complete a certificate or degree in a specific community college discipline and then enter the workforce.
The new Salary Surfer website displays median annual incomes for graduates from 179 of the most widely enrolled California community college programs. The earnings are available for community college graduates two years prior to earning a certificate or degree, then two years and five years after receiving the award.
This innovative data tool validates that California community colleges produce a tremendous return on investment for our students and for our state. While future earnings should not be the sole determiner in choosing an educational program, students and the public deserve to know what monetary return they can expect from their investment.
California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris introduces the first-of-its-kind accountability tool designed to measure student achievement and increase the number of students who earn certificates, degrees or transfer. The new online Student Success Scorecard will allow students, parents, and the public to track student outcomes at all 112 colleges, making California community colleges one of the most transparent systems of higher education in the country.
The strength of California depends upon the education and skills of our workforce. Studies show jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to grow twice as fast as those requiring no college experience. In order to increase college graduation rates and close achievement gaps, the California Community Col¬leges will launch an innovative accountability tool that will present key student success metrics in a clear and concise manner
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved changes that will establish system-wide enrollment priorities designed to ensure classes are available for students seeking job training, degree attainment or transfer and to reward students who make progress toward their educational goals.
Beginning fall 2014, new students who have completed college orientation, assessment and developed education plans as well as continuing students in good academic standing who have not exceeded 100 units will have priority over students who do not meet these criteria. Among these students, active-duty military and veterans and current and former foster youth will continue to have first call on courses. Those in Extended Opportunity Programs and Services and Disabled Students Programs and Services also have priority.
The majority of veterans on California community college campuses are looking for a way to get job training so they can get into the workforce while other veterans attend to get an associate degree or to transfer to a California State University or University of California.
"... our colleges have to be responsive to the unique needs of our veterans and raising awareness of how to best help them is critical. We know student veterans need information on accessing their VA benefits. But, they often need help developing an educational or career plan an assistance in transitioning from military to civilian life. This summit will go a long way in helping our colleges to better serve those who served their country and I’m proud that our system is leading the way."
California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris