The state Senate has approved a pilot program under which some California community college campuses would offer four-year degrees in certain specialized fields.
About 300 college students from San Jose boarded buses Monday and traveled to Sacramento to urge lawmakers to favor a bill allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees, a spokesman said.
Students at California community colleges could see additional class options for short summer and winter sessions under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Monday, but those courses would come with a higher price tag.
The nearly $15 million grant will be used to train unemployed workers for jobs in high tech manufacturing and engineering.
The review found many flaws in what City College of San Francisco is doing as it struggles to remain accredited.
Funding cuts to higher education in California means not only increased tuition and fees for students, but accreditation sanctions against schools like San Francisco’s City College among others.
The president’s $8 billion plan would link community college students with local businesses, a plan that was based in part on research done by a working group that included Foothill College President Judy Miner.
The state’s revenue projections are not likely to meet expectations, meaning millions more in cuts for higher education.
Monday was the first day that many Bay Area students could register for fall classes at community colleges.
It will be a longer wait for classes, higher tuition and fees for students and even the possibility of layoffs and turning some students away for community colleges across the state.