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April 2016 video blogs

April 2015

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.


December 2015 video blogs

November 2015

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.


July 2013 video blogs

July 2013
The City College of San Francisco Rescue Plan

with Chancellor Brice W. Harris

California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Discusses Rescue Plan for City College of San Francisco.


June 2013 video blogs

June 2013
The California Community Colleges New Salary Surfer Website

with Chancellor Brice W. Harris

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.


April 2013 video blogs

April 2013
The California Community Colleges Student Success Scorecard

with Chancellor Brice W. Harris

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


January 2013 video blogs

January 7, 2013
Student Success Initiative - Priority Registration

with Sonia Ortiz-Mercado, Dean of Matriculation and Early Assessment

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.


December 2012 video blogs

December 6, 2012
The California Community Colleges Commitment To Veterans

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


November 2012 video blogs

November 26, 2012
Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy
with Vice Chancellor Van Ton-Quinlivan
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:
Give Priority for jobs and the economy
Make Room for jobs and the economy
Promote Student Success
Innovate for jobs and the economy



 September 2012 video blogs

September 27, 2012
Dr. Brice W. Harris Named 15th Chancellor of California Community Colleges
Dr. Brice W. Harris was unanimously selected as the 15th chancellor of the California Community Colleges by the system's Board of Governors in September 2012. He assumed the position on November 6, 2012.
September 11, 2012
California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott Says Farewell to the System

Dr. Jack Scott retired on Sept. 15, 2012 as the 14th chancellor of the California Community Colleges. He was unanimously selected as chancellor by the Board of Governors on May 8, 2008 and assumed that role in January 2009, after completing his second term in the California State Senate.
September 5, 2012
Chancellor Scott on the 2012-2013 Budget

Chancellor Jack Scott discuss the different potential impacts of the 2012-2013 budget proposals.