““They only offer a handful of programs focused on high-demand, high-wage fields,” Jez says. “Even though it’s only a fraction of the students statewide, we think this investment in Calbright College can pave the way and demonstrate how the state can serve this population better.””
“About 1,100 institutions nationwide are contributing to the Opportunity America survey on workforce development. California Community College System Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said “upskilling” will be crucial to an equitable recovery from the pandemic.”
“Transforming postsecondary education to reach those who most need it can be a disruptive and threatening process, but the pandemic has highlighted the extreme need for such change, according to the president of a new kind of community college.”
After more than a year of enrolling students, Calbright College makes significant changes and learns from mistakes
“Calbright, which is free to students, is different from other public community colleges in that students can start and finish each program on their own time and at their own pace. The college offers competency-based education, which assesses students based on the skills they learned and not the amount of time spent in a class.”
“California’s online community college is partnering with [email protected], a nonprofit aimed at fixing the opportunity gap, to connect students with employers hiring for specific skills.”
On its opening day, nearly 700 people submitted applications to enroll in California’s new online-only two-year institution — Calbright College. The college was created to serve an entirely new adult and underemployed population of students who are working part-time jobs or stuck in positions that don’t pay a living wage. The California Community College system described […]
Calbright College President & CEO Heather Hiles talks about launch day on NPR’s Take Two, a program serving the greater Los Angeles region. Click here to listen.
“No students are enrolled yet. No faculty is hired. But Calbright is set to open Tuesday, and college officials say the state’s first fully online, free community college is off to a great start. “We had a little high-five moment here in the office” when visitors to the websiteexpressing interest in enrolling recently surpassed 1,000, said […]
New Chief of California’s Virtual Community College Wants to Help Solve the State’s Work-Force Problem
Heather Hiles will be the new chief executive of California's fledgling virtual community college, the California Community Colleges system announced on Wednesday. The state's ambitious first online community college hopes to test its first cohort of students in late 2019.
Heather Hiles, an entrepreneur and Gates Foundation alum, will lead the new institution, launching this fall with competency-based certificate programs for the state's adults.