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Featured image for article CALBRIGHT BOARD OF TRUSTEES NAMES AJITA MENON AS INTERIM CEO
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CALBRIGHT BOARD OF TRUSTEES NAMES AJITA MENON AS INTERIM CEO

Tue Feb 11, 2020

Oakland, CA – Calbright College, California’s online community college dedicated to increasing economic opportunity for low-income working adults, today announced the selection of Ajita Talwalker Menon as interim President and CEO.  Calbright’s former President and CEO, Heather Hiles, resigned in January. Menon will serve as the college’s chief executive until the Board of Trustees concludes […]
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Featured image for article California Community Colleges Committed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Online College to Provide Skills and Training for “Stranded” Working Adults
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California Community Colleges Committed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Online College to Provide Skills and Training for “Stranded” Working Adults

Wed Jan 10, 2018

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley today announced full support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to establish a new online community college tailored to provide working learners with skills and credentials they need to move ahead in today’s economy.
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Featured image for article Editorial: California’s new skill-focused online college could be game changer
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Editorial: California’s new skill-focused online college could be game changer

Tue Oct 1, 2019

Online education has been hyped for years, and for good reason: A student doesn’t need a traditional classroom to learn. In particular, online education has great potential to help adults acquire new job skills after technology upends their careers. Unfortunately, this sort of online education has yet to live up to the hype. State leaders […]
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Forging New Territory Online

Tue Mar 20, 2018

Eloy Ortiz Oakley says California’s online community college will be a better public alternative to for-profit colleges for the “stranded workers” traditional college systems struggle to serve.
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Online community college crucial for skilled workforce

Wed Feb 7, 2018

A bad news/good news workforce situation exists in today’s economy, and it is giving employers heartburn. The challenge is how to create a more educated labor pool, especially in high growth industries.
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Featured image for article Hundreds sign up for the new Calbright College
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Hundreds sign up for the new Calbright College

Mon Oct 7, 2019

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 […]
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Take Two: Calbright College

Tue Oct 1, 2019

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.
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Featured image for article California’s Newest Community College Has a Tech Startup Vibe
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California’s Newest Community College Has a Tech Startup Vibe

Mon Sep 30, 2019

“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 […]
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Featured image for article New Chief of California’s Virtual Community College Wants to Help Solve the State’s Work-Force Problem
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New Chief of California’s Virtual Community College Wants to Help Solve the State’s Work-Force Problem

Thu Feb 7, 2019

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.
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Featured image for article California’s Online Community College Chooses Its Leader
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California’s Online Community College Chooses Its Leader

Wed Feb 6, 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.
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Featured image for article California’s new online community college taps tech entrepreneur for top job
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California’s new online community college taps tech entrepreneur for top job

Wed Feb 6, 2019

California’s community college system has chosen an entrepreneur with a background in technology and philanthropy to lead its controversial new online college, as system leaders push to meet a fall deadline to have the school up and running.
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Featured image for article Timeline for new California online college ‘aggressive’ but doable, says community college chancellor
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Timeline for new California online college ‘aggressive’ but doable, says community college chancellor

Mon Aug 6, 2018

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Board of Governors President Cecilia V. Estolano at the Aug. 6 inaugural meeting of the California Online Community College District Board of Trustees. California’s bold experiment in online education took steps Monday to progress beyond the idea stage, but it faces a tight timeline to be up and running by the last quarter of 2019.
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Featured image for article Big changes coming to vital community colleges
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Big changes coming to vital community colleges

Mon Jul 30, 2018

California’s 114 community colleges are the Rodney Dangerfields of higher education, overshadowed by the state’s four-year universities and not getting much respect.
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Featured image for article As Gov. Brown urges work on new online college, community college faculty drop their opposition
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As Gov. Brown urges work on new online college, community college faculty drop their opposition

Mon Jul 16, 2018

Declaring California a leader in online education, Gov. Jerry Brown was unequivocal about the promise of a new California online community college intended to serve workers seeking to improve their skills and urged its leaders to move quickly to get it up and running.
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Featured image for article Serving California’s 2.5 Million ‘Stranded Workers’
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Serving California’s 2.5 Million ‘Stranded Workers’

Fri Apr 6, 2018

As California's community college system develops a plan to create a statewide online community college -- an idea proposed and strongly backed by Jerry Brown, the state's Democratic governor -- a nonprofit group has released an analysis that seeks to identify the "stranded workers" the college would seek to serve.
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Featured image for article More Companies Teach Workers What Colleges Don’t
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More Companies Teach Workers What Colleges Don’t

Thu Mar 22, 2018

For an increasing number of Americans, a patchwork of gig work is the norm, while others have become so-called independent workers because they take second jobs through digital platforms like Uber or Etsy to make ends meet. But nearly all face the challenges of inconsistent income and access to benefits.
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Featured image for article Reinventing Community College To Reach Millions Of Workers — Online
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Reinventing Community College To Reach Millions Of Workers — Online

Fri Mar 9, 2018

The workforce is changing dramatically, and there's a widespread recognition that new skills — and new ways of teaching adults those skills — are needed and needed fast. In California, the state's 114 community colleges are facing the challenge of offering the credentials, classes and training that will help workers choose a career or adapt to a new one.
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Featured image for article California aims to retool its workforce for the future of work
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California aims to retool its workforce for the future of work

Thu Mar 1, 2018

Near the California state capitol, inside a hip work loft — a one-time car dealership that’s been up-scaled to a professional office —community and business leaders came together this week to talk about the future of work – the dynamic, fascinating and at times unsettling future of work.
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Featured image for article Retraining Workers for the Future Economy
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Retraining Workers for the Future Economy

Thu Feb 15, 2018

As the economy continues to shift toward computers and digital technology—and braces for a potential future with more robots—workers have been called upon to adapt and learn new skills.
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Featured image for article Chancellor: California “working learners” to benefit from online Community College
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Chancellor: California “working learners” to benefit from online Community College

Wed Jan 31, 2018

To open up access to higher education for more people, the California Community College system and Governor Jerry Brown are looking to launch an online-only community college. The college would be designed to serve working adults who want to upgrade their skill set or complete a post-secondary program but for whom personal responsibilities or distance can create barriers to higher education.
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Featured image for article Statewide, Online, Nondegree, Competency-Based. Good Idea?
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Statewide, Online, Nondegree, Competency-Based. Good Idea?

Wed Jan 24, 2018

California legislators mull governor's proposal to create new virtual community college. Aspects of the ambitious plan remain to be worked out, and it's unclear whether it will work.
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Featured image for article Jerry Brown’s Big Idea For Upskilling Workers
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Jerry Brown’s Big Idea For Upskilling Workers

Tue Jan 23, 2018

What to make of an online community college enabling working adults to upskill and keep up with technology, as well as to enable low wage workers to advance in career ladders?
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Featured image for article Online-only California community college to target ‘stranded workers’
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Online-only California community college to target ‘stranded workers’

Fri Dec 8, 2017

With time running out on his governorship, Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing California’s 114-campus community college system to create one more college: a new fully online college that would have been unimaginable during his first term as governor.
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Featured image for article Statewide and Online Only in California
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Statewide and Online Only in California

Mon Nov 13, 2017

California community colleges look to create a new statewide​, online-only college that will focus on helping adult students earn credentials.
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Featured image for article Advancing College Access for 2.5 Million Stranded Workers
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Advancing College Access for 2.5 Million Stranded Workers

Fri Jun 21, 2019

Millions of working Californians are neglected by our higher education system, a glaring injustice that Governor Brown’s proposal to establish the 115th Community College seeks to correct.
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Featured image for article Brown’s online college idea opens doors for workers. Don’t let lobbyists strangle it.
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Brown’s online college idea opens doors for workers. Don’t let lobbyists strangle it.

Thu Jun 20, 2019

The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board has endorsed Governor Brown’s proposal to establish the 115th community college – a new fully online campus to serve 2.5 million working Californians who do not have access to current educational pathways. The Sacramento Bee encourages the Legislature to support Governor Brown’s proposal because it will:
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Featured image for article A New Approach for California’s Community Colleges
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A New Approach for California’s Community Colleges

Wed Jun 19, 2019

In a video interview this week with The Chronicle of Higher Education – a series that explores various aspects of campus leadership across academia – California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley discussed the urgent need for the fully online college proposed in the Governor’s budget
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Featured image for article A New Tool to Reach Working Learners
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A New Tool to Reach Working Learners

Tue Jun 18, 2019

Governor Brown’s proposal to establish the 115th community college – a fully online campus to reach more than eight million stranded Californians across the state – addresses an urgent, unmet need to provide flexible and accessible learning
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Featured image for article Help Juan Access Online College – 8.5 Million Californians like Juan Can’t Access the College They Need for a Better Future
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Help Juan Access Online College – 8.5 Million Californians like Juan Can’t Access the College They Need for a Better Future

Mon Jun 17, 2019

Across the state, millions of Californians cannot access the educational pathways they need to advance in today’s workforce. Juan Reynosa, a 36 year old man who works in medical billing in Los Angeles, works over 40 hours a week
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Featured image for article Stakeholder input driving Governor Brown’s online college proposal
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Stakeholder input driving Governor Brown’s online college proposal

Sat Jun 15, 2019

As policymakers engage in budget negotiations to fund the 115th community college, the Chancellor’s Office is conducting a transparent stakeholder process to further develop the fully online community college
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Featured image for article Proposed Online Community College Would Offer Pathway in Information Technology Support
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Proposed Online Community College Would Offer Pathway in Information Technology Support

Thu Jun 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed online community college seeks to fill the growing demand for information technology workers in California by offering education programs in IT support, Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley announced today.
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Featured image for article Give California’s stranded workers a chance
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Give California’s stranded workers a chance

Tue Jun 11, 2019

Millions of working adults in communities across the state are counting on lawmakers to approve Governor Brown's proposal to establish a fully online college that would make higher education more equitable and accessible for all.
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Featured image for article Californians Stand With Community Colleges
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Californians Stand With Community Colleges

Mon Jun 10, 2019

From business and equity leaders to labor groups, students, community colleges and community organizations, a diverse coalition of Californians is calling for change NOW. The status quo simply does not work.
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Featured image for article California Community Colleges Transforms in 2018
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California Community Colleges Transforms in 2018

Sat Jun 8, 2019

The 2018 legislative session brought bold changes to the California Community Colleges (CCC) in its continued commitment to putting students first.
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Featured image for article Advance work for the online college begins.
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Advance work for the online college begins.

Fri Jun 7, 2019

Advance work for the online college has officially launched with the generous philanthropic support of the Kresge Foundation, ECMC Foundation, and Walmart.
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Featured image for article Film Screening of Unlikely, Nov. 20 at Crest Theatre
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Film Screening of Unlikely, Nov. 20 at Crest Theatre

Tue Nov 20, 2018

Set in the cities of Akron, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles, five individuals hurt by America’s higher education system fight for a second chance at opportunity.
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Featured image for article Chancellor Shares Updates on the Online College
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Chancellor Shares Updates on the Online College

Fri Sep 21, 2018

Dear Community Colleges Supporter, I am writing to again express sincere thanks to all of our supporters, Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders for the work to champion the fully online community college.
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Featured image for article Chancellor Oakley Challenges National College Rankings in Recent Op-ed
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Chancellor Oakley Challenges National College Rankings in Recent Op-ed

Thu Sep 6, 2018

"On Monday, the U.S. News and World Report College Rankings will be released amid a media blitz and angst among many in higher education, including some college and university presidents whose pay and contracts can hinge on those rankings.
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Featured image for article Podcast Released This Week on California’s Degree Gap
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Podcast Released This Week on California’s Degree Gap

Wed Aug 1, 2018

California Community Colleges released Wednesday its latest podcast featuring a conversation with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Executive Director of California Competes, Dr. Lande Ajose.
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Featured image for article Governor Brown Offers Remarks on Online College at July Board Meeting
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Governor Brown Offers Remarks on Online College at July Board Meeting

Sat Jul 21, 2018

Today, Gov. Brown addressed the California Community Colleges Board of Governors at their July board meeting in Sacramento and underscored the urgency of the new online community college for California’s working adults and the state’s economic viability.
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Featured image for article California’s Online College Earns Praise
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California’s Online College Earns Praise

Mon Jul 9, 2018

“California’s new online community college marks a significant advancement in our state’s higher education ecosystem and, in partnership with the other 114 colleges, will help the California Community Colleges system achieve the goals outlined in our Vision for Success by better serving working adults,”
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Featured image for article Students and Workers Thank the Legislature for Passing Gov’s Proposals
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Students and Workers Thank the Legislature for Passing Gov’s Proposals

Thu Jun 21, 2018

The California State Legislature made great strides this session to create a more accessible and equitable public higher education system by passing Governor Brown's online college and student centered funding formula budget proposals.
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Featured image for article ICYMI: Op-ed by Alice Huffman, CA NAACP President
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ICYMI: Op-ed by Alice Huffman, CA NAACP President

Fri May 11, 2018

California is at a veritable fork in the road – once again – where the road to equality and justice meets the well-trodden path of business as usual.
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Featured image for article Gov.’s Proposed Online College is Key to Our Economic Success
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Gov.’s Proposed Online College is Key to Our Economic Success

Thu Apr 26, 2018

With the May budget revision approaching, time is running out for lawmakers to approve Governor Brown’s proposal. In a recent op-ed published by the Los Angeles Business Journal, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce President and CEO Julian Canete
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Featured image for article Help Millions of Stranded Californians; Yes to the 115th Online Community College
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Help Millions of Stranded Californians; Yes to the 115th Online Community College

Mon Mar 12, 2018

Watch how the 115th community college would provide millions of working Californians like Roxanne with the access they need to succeed. California lawmakers must enact the Governor’s proposal to give millions of adults the chance to advance.
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