Since the new school is not only online, its name is changing. "Calbright College" seeks to evoke California and a better future.
Very different from traditional community colleges, it targets 8 million underemployed Californians and aims to be tuition-free.
The money will go toward developing courses for workers to advance to supervisors in the retail and service industries.
The California Online College legally exists and is fully funded, but many details are not yet in place even as it is under a tight deadline to begin enrolling students by the final quarter of 2019.
There are plenty of online colleges but none are like what California is planning.
“This is a game changer for workers,” said Rebecca Miller, the political director of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, at a March legislative hearing about Brown’s proposal.
A new study found that the online catalog is difficult to search and that the lack of a common computer platform discourages students.
Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing for California to establish a fully online community college to serve under-skilled workers.
State audit shines spotlight on problems at online charter schools