2017 Commencements

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Stories of Determination Dominate 2017 Community College Graduations (click for student photos)

One was without a home and without a job but would become one of the top community college students in the country. Another is a former high school dropout. A third is a former foster child who served six years with the National Guard. All three are among the thousands of students graduating this spring from community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Graduations in the two-county region begin ...

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Community College Food Pantries Feed Hungry Students Look for Community Support

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Community colleges throughout San Diego County are doing everything they can to ensure that no student goes hungry over the holidays.

“Community college students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and many are struggling to get by,” said MiraCosta College President/Superintendent Sunny Cooke, who serves as president of the San Diego & Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA). “Our colleges have made it a priority to do what they can to make an impact on reducing hunger not only on ...

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Community Colleges in San Diego and Imperial Counties Are Responsible for $8.1 Billion in Local Spending Annually, According to New Analysis

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A new study (click for PDF) has found that the 10 community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties contribute $8.1 billion annually in local spending, an amount that is enough to support more than 110,000 jobs.

“Community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties help drive the regional economy, not only through an extensive offering of workforce development programs, but through operations spending and greatly increasing the earnings potential of our students,” said Sunita V. Cooke, superintendent /president ...

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Economic Impact of San Diego and Imperial County Community Colleges to be Presented In Press Conference

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A study has found that the nine community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties contribute an amazing $8.1 billion to California’s income each year, provide jobs to thousands of county residents, and increase the pay students receive as the result of completing their education.

The results of the study will be presented at a press conference on Monday, October 24 at ...

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Local Community Colleges Receiving More Than $16.5 Million for Job Training Programs

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Community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties will soon see more than $16.5 million in state funding to help them close the skills gap.

Preliminary allocation was made July 31, with final approval reached at the September 19 meeting of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Community colleges will collaborate with their educational, workforce, labor, and civic partners in expanding access to career technical education programs that meet workforce needs.

Some $9.9 million is going to individual college districts. The ...

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Community colleges to take larger role in preparing SDSU and CSU San Marcos freshmen needing Basic Skills

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    A new $2 million grant will give area community colleges a larger role in helping many students get a successful start at San Diego State University and California State University San Marcos by sharpening their math and English skills.

    The Basic Skills Partnership Pilot Project is an ambitious regional approach to addressing the basic skills in math and English that are necessary to succeed in college-level ...

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150,000 Students to Take Classes This Fall at San Diego and Imperial County Community Colleges

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Our region’s largest provider of higher education will welcome nearly 150,000 students to the 2016-17 academic year on August 22 at San Diego’s nine community colleges, and August 15 at Imperial Valley College.

“California Community Colleges offer the most affordable higher education option in the country, and we are looking for another successful year in helping students secure a degree, transfer to a four-year university or college, or get the skills necessary to get ahead in their profession,” said Dr. Sunita ...

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SDICCCA meets with UC president, UC San Diego chancellor

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On June 6, representatives from the San Diego & Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA) met with University of California President Janet Napolitano and UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla at the County Office of Education in Linda Vista. President Napolitano emphasized the UC’s commitment to partnership with California’s 113 community colleges. She said that 85 percent of the UC’s current students are California residents and that 5,000 additional California residents would be enrolled this year. Discussion topics focused on 21 ...

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