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Mobile app to help Latino families make college and career decisions

October 23, 2014
Education offers one of the most reliable paths for young people to create a better life for themselves and their families, but many Californians still lack access to data-driven college and career planning advice. A new project—funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation—aims to change that. The Foundation and the Chancellor’s Office have partnered with Young Invincibles to create a mobile app that will give students and their families in underserved communities information about educational paths available to them through community colleges.

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Step:Forward Campaign Wins Four NCMPR Medallion Awards

September 26, 2014
The Foundation’s communications and technology team, in partnership with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, was honored with four Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR), District 6. The team’s work was selected from entries submitted by community colleges throughout Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.

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California Community Colleges launch Step:Forward campaign

August 21, 2014
The Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation unveiled the new Step:Forward campaign—an awareness effort and website that encourages students to adopt successful behaviors to increase the likelihood they will achieve their educational and career goals.

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Two New Executive Hires Fill Posts Critical to Advancing Student Success Initiative in California Community Colleges 

August 14, 2014
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges announced two executive office hires: Theresa Tena and 
Dr. Paul Steenhausen.

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14th Annual Dr. John W. Rice Award Ceremony recognizes efforts to increase success for under-served students

July 8, 2014
Chaffey College’s Online to College program and Mt. San Antonio College’s Audrey Yamagata-Noji are this year’s recipients of the annual Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award.

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In the news: California Colleges Guidance Initiative plays key role in supporting English language learners

June 24, 2014
California Colleges Guidance Initiative (CCGI), housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges, was featured in an article from the Center for Digital Education, a national advisory institute for issues related to K-12 and higher education. 

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California Connects Program featured in national case studies about improving broadband internet adoption

May 13, 2014
The Foundation’s California Connects program was highlighted as a model for promoting digital literacy and improving broadband access in underserved communities by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration. 

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LaunchPath Program Matches Students, Employers to Close Skills Gap

April 24, 2014
The Foundation for California Community Colleges, in partnership with the Linked Learning Alliance, unveiled the new LaunchPath program this morning—an innovative approach to creating work-based learning experiences that impact students and employers in the Sacramento region. 

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California Community Colleges launch new statewide center to increase student success

March 10, 2014
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges are proud to announce the launch of the California Student Success Center, which will act as a hub of support for projects around the state that improve college completion rates and promote student success in the California Community College system. 

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Foundation Partners with ThinkEDU to Increase Access to Technology for Community Colleges

January 30, 2014
The Foundation has partnered with ThinkEDU to improve the ways students, faculty, and staff access affordable software and technology tools.ThinkEDU, an e-commerce company dedicated to working with college students and educators, will manage the newly launched online stores at 

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Third Annual Veterans Summit Highlights Strategies and Best Practices for Serving Veteran Students

December 4, 2013
The third California Community Colleges Veterans Summit takes place this week, December 5-6, in Newport Beach, California. This annual event provides professionals from Community Colleges and four-year universities the necessary tools to help their staff and administrators to better support student veterans on their campuses.

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American Leadership Forum Honors Chancellor Harris for Being a Leader in Higher Education

October 31, 2013
California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris is one of two community leaders who will be honored by the Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum at the upcoming Exemplary Leader Award Dinner on Nov. 6, for his commitment to higher education leadership and his support of the arts.

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Foundation and Linked Learning Alliance Partner with JPMorgan Chase in Statewide Initiative to Improve Workforce Readiness

October 29, 2013
The Foundation and the Linked Learning Alliance received a $1.2 million grant from JPMorgan that will fund a program to engage employers and assist high school and Community College students in securing paid internships. This new initiative will improve the workforce readiness of students and help them secure jobs in top fields such as engineering, health care, and law. 

Foundation Included in Third Round of California Education Policy Fund Grants to Support
Student Success

September 18, 2013

Last week, the Foundation was one of 10 organizations to receive a grant from the California Education Policy Fund (CEPF), a project sponsored by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). This two-year, $100,000 grant will supplement the $300,000 grant awarded to the Foundation from CEPF in September of 2012, and will help the Foundation continue advancing the California Community Colleges Student Success Initiative.

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13th Annual John W. Rice Award Ceremony Honors Efforts to Promote Diversity

July 9, 2013
Los Angeles Community College District’s Project MATCH and Napa Valley College’s Greg Miraglia are this year’s recipients of the 13th annual Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award.

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Foundation’s Greg Thomas Joins the California Internship and Work Experience Association

May 13, 2013
Greg Thomas, who leads the Foundation for California Community Colleges’ Workforce Development Initiatives, was elected to serve a two-year term on the CIWEA’s Board of Directors, joining a prestigious group of educators and employers devoted to higher education. Founded in 1974, the CIWEA is California’s leading professional association dedicated to integrating classroom learning with real-world work experience and developing college-level internship and work experience programs for students.

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Winners of 2013 Regina Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award Announced

April 19, 2013
Liesel Reinhart from Mt. San Antonio College was presented with the 2013 Regina Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award at today’s Spring Academic Senate Plenary Session. The Foundation is a proud long-time sponsor of this award, providing each year’s winner with a $5,000 cash award in recognition of their work on campus diversity issues.

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Santa Rosa Junior College student awarded two prestigious scholarships

April 12, 2013
Santa Rosa Junior College student Zachary Zatkin-Gold received two scholarships from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology this month. Zachary attributes his success largely due to his participation with the California Connects and MESA Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) programs. Read more >

Foundation joins statewide leaders to honor 2013 Hayward Award recipients

March 4, 2013Foundation for California Community Colleges President and CEO Keetha Mills joined the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and other statewide leaders today in honoring the recipients of the 2013 Gerald C. Hayward Awards for Excellence in Education. Read more >

VRRRM program removes thousands of high-polluting vehicles from California roadways

February 21, 2013 - A statewide program offering monetary incentives for motorists to repair, retire or replace their high-emitting vehicles has led to the repair or removal of over 14,000 automobiles that were otherwise contributing to poor air quality, resulting in 883 tons of pollutants being eliminated from California’s airways—the equivalent of removing over 100,000 passenger cars for a year from the roadways—over the past two years. Read more >

Winners of 2012 College Seen photo competition announced

January 15, 2013 - Nine California Community College students have been awarded first place in the 2012 College Seen photography competition, with City College of San Francisco student Mike Nero taking the grand prize for his photo of a City College softball player. Read more >


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