Calbright College

Calbright College, California’s new community college aimed at improving the job skills of adults, has formally unveiled its name, logo and website as it starts recruiting students for the first three classes this fall.

The partly online community college last month quietly chose the new name Calbright to evoke brighter futures in California for its students. Its logo, first shown publicly at the launch event over the weekend, turns the letter “i” in Calbright into a golden map of California with a bright red star above, similar to the red Lone Star on the state flag.

“We spent a lot of time searching and gathering input for a name and logo that provides a sense of aspiration and place, something that Californians could be proud of,” the college’s president and CEO Heather Hiles said at the unveiling in Oakland. She was referring to the brainstorming and polling, with the help of branding company Barretto-Co., that winnowed down the selection from about 100 starting options.

Partnering with industry, the state-funded school is scheduled on Oct. 1 to offer workplace-based training in three tracks at first: cybersecurity, general information technology and medical coding. Officials have not announced yet which companies will participate and where the classes will be held. Instruction will combine online learning and face-to-face training, tailored mainly for adults between the ages of 25 and 34 seeking to improve their skills and earning potential. Students likely won’t be charged tuition in most cases, officials said.

The new website emphasizes that Calbright College wants to work with private firms. A section aimed at hiring managers says that companies can shape training programs for their needs and then spend less time recruiting new employees. “With this model, Calbright learners are mastering the skills they need for the specific job they’re training for and hiring managers are confident that when the hiring process begins, their new employees can hit the ground running,” the website says.

The school also began its campaign to attract students, explaining that it offers nontraditional education.

“Unlike other community colleges, rather than working toward an associate’s degree, our adult learners work toward a job. While many community colleges offer online classes, they are still structured like traditional college courses, with specific requirements and timelines. Calbright is different. Each adult learner can start their program at any time and work around their own schedule, at their own pace,” the website says.

The Online Community College began as a pet project of former Gov. Jerry Brown and was funded by the Legislature last year in an effort to improve the workforce prospects of 8 million Californians who are underemployed, working multiple part-time jobs or stuck in jobs that don’t pay living wages. The state is giving the new college $100 million for startup costs to be spent over seven years plus $20 million for this year’s operating costs, expected to be renewed annually. Additionally, extra money will be based on enrollment.

 

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  1. Sheila Davis 2 months ago2 months ago

    Their website shows that they are currently not accredited. https://www.calbright.org/about/accreditation/ Do you know how long it will take for them to become accredited? How far along are they in the process? Accreditation is important because it: Helps determine if an institution meets or exceeds minimum standards of quality. Helps students determine acceptable institutions for enrollment. Assists institutions in determining acceptability of transfer credits. Some students might take a class there thinking that it will … Read More

    Their website shows that they are currently not accredited. https://www.calbright.org/about/accreditation/ Do you know how long it will take for them to become accredited? How far along are they in the process?

    Accreditation is important because it: Helps determine if an institution meets or exceeds minimum standards of quality. Helps students determine acceptable institutions for enrollment. Assists institutions in determining acceptability of transfer credits.

    Some students might take a class there thinking that it will be transferable to another college. If the school is not accredited, the units will not transfer.

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    • Janine 2 months ago2 months ago

      I found this under the About tab on their website:
      “An accreditation plan that, at a minimum, identifies an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education from which the college will seek accreditation, and outlines the process by which the college will achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation by April 1, 2022, and full accreditation by April 1, 2025. This plan shall be provided on or before April 1, 2021.” https://www.calbright.org/about/accreditation/