California’s network of community colleges is the largest higher education system in the nation, serving more than 2 million students at 112 campuses. The network provides vital education and career training services for recent high school graduates looking to earn a certificate or transfer to a four-year university, as well as for adults seeking additional career training.
Colleges must become more student-focused in their practices, advocates say.
How students do in high school is a better indicator than proficiency tests to determine if they are ready for college-level courses.
Medical coders training fills a need in California for some 1,600 coders annually through 2024.
Some lawmakers are saying it is rushed and lacks enough buy-in from college presidents and faculty. Others worry the plan itself may cost the colleges and their students financially.
“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.
Community colleges are as diverse as the communities they serve.
The University of California and California's Community Colleges announce an agreement that is expected to boost the number of students who can transfer to UC.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office is recommending that Brown tie funding to the academic outcomes of low-income students.
The program would be similar to one offered by the California State University system.
The gap between high school graduation and college completion rates varies considerably by race and ethnic group.
More than 100 community colleges are beefing up their services for students who lack adequate food or shelter.
A report recommends California provide greater and more broadly focused financial aid to help college students afford other expenses, such as housing.
Brown said his proposal would help workers who have no other options and won't compete with bricks and mortar schools or the existing community colleges, or UC or CSU.
Colleges say they are required to follow federal laws that still consider marijuana illegal.
An independent report gives mixed reviews — positives include attracting students to bachelor’s programs and approval from some regional employers.