SACRAMENTO, California—June 24, 2014—Budget cuts in California have reduced the number of programs available to assist English language learners in furthering their education and improving their language skills, but according to an article in the Center for Digital Education, technology solutions are creating new opportunities to help these students. Housed at the Foundation, the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) was one program highlighted for its role in helping students with the college preparation process. Read the full article here>
CCGI was created to ensure that all students have access to a systematic baseline of guidance and support as they plan, prepare, and figure out how to pay for college, and offers user-friendly technology tools for students, parents, and counselors. These tools include CaliforniaColleges.edu
, a college preparation website that provides information on all three public higher education systems in California, and a mobile app that pushes important deadlines and notifications throughout the college planning process. These tools are a valuable resource for English language learners and other students who may not have other sources of support. "That definitely has great implications when, unfortunately, there just aren't enough people who can fill the role of counselors," Sarah Hooker, co-author of a report on California immigrant student success from the Migration Policy Institute, told the Center for Digital Education.
About the Foundation for California Community Colleges
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the Community College system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with Community Colleges and partner organizations to manage grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation and receives no direct state or public support.