Did you know that California community colleges enroll nearly 40% of the nation's 8 million community college students? Did you know this year more than two million California community college students have been turned away due to catastrophic budget cuts? Counselors, tutors, faculty and other important staff members have been laid off. Entire programs have been eliminated. 58% of funding for California community colleges comes from the state. In a time when our enrollments are soaring and access to higher education is encouraged intensely at the national level, CCCs are receiving less and less and still expected to do more. Let's be sure our voices are included in this national dialogue -- a rare opportunity!
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The first ever White House Summit on Community Colleges is scheduled for 10/5. This article explains the significance of the event (link also shared below). As you know, it's rare for CCs to get this type of national exposure. To set the stage, there is currently an open call to current or past community college students to share how CCs have changed their lives:
"As part of the summit dialogue, Americans across the country are encouraged to submit their thoughts and questions for discussion. The White House has set up a number of ways for the public to participate in the summit, which can be found online at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/CommunityCollege. The White House especially wants to hear how students' lives have been transformed after attending a community college."
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