Connect with us

Academics

California Approves Statewide Online Community College

Californians will have a new way to expand their skill sets.

Tamia Heard

Published

on

California legislators have approved a budget bill to create a statewide online community college in 2019.

The college will be funded with $100 million from the state’s budget, and an additional $20 million annually.

Current state governor Jerry Brown was behind the proposed plan which is aimed at people in the workforce who are looking to add to their skill sets. California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is backing the governor, saying that the new college will focus on offering certificate courses to Californians who do not have a college degree.

According to CNN, the overall mission for this plan is to provide workers with the skills needed for high demand jobs. Based on the Public Policy Institute of California many incoming jobs in the state will require technical education beyond high school, but not degree holding.

With over two million people in the workforce without a college degree, California legislators want to provide a new and affordable way for workers to advance their careers.

The courses offered in this online program will be different from those already offered at community colleges on-site and also take less time to complete.

Democratic lawmakers have expressed concern with the funding levels in Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan. The governor has until June 30 to negotiate with the legislature for the final state budget.

Did you enjoy this article? Consider supporting College Media Network's mission to support the next generation of journalists. For as little as $2 a month, you can help keep our site ad-free and the future of journalism alive. Go here to donate.

Tamia Heard is a rising senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Tamia is majoring in communication studies with a journalism concentration. On her off days she loves a warm Saturday filled with college football and good food!

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

2018 Midterms1 day ago

House Democrats in Washington Forming a Medicare-for-All Congressional Caucus

Could this be a big enough step toward universal healthcare?

by , The Catholic American University
Equality2 days ago

First Signing Starbucks in America to Open in Washington, D.C.

A huge step in consumer and employment opportunities for the deaf community.

National News2 days ago

Steam Pipe Explodes in Manhattan

Smoke hovering in Manhattan is a traumatizing sight.

by , Senior Editor
National News3 days ago

Trump Is Changing the Colors of Air Force One

Because the Kennedy's were not patriotic enough, right?

by , Senior Editor
National News3 days ago

American University on Lockdown

American University is on lockdown after armed man is reported near campus.

by , American University
Equality4 days ago

10 Black Washington University Students Falsely Accused of Leaving IHOP Without Paying

"The fact that these 10 students, all of whom are African American, were scared and humiliated is unacceptable to us"...

by , American University
Academics5 days ago

Keynote Speakers Highlight Importance of Diversity at College Journalism Workshop

Some important reflections on an important topic.

by , Virginia Commonwealth University
National News6 days ago

Teen Who Urged Boyfriend’s Suicide Through Text Says It Was Free Speech

Apparently, the First Amendment extends to telling your boyfriend to get back into the truck and kill himself.

by , Penn State University

Top Reads