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Governor Newsom in his January 8, 2021, budget proposal made investments for California’s most vulnerable students. Proposed funding expands the California Community College System’s Zero-Textbook Cost (ZTC) Degree Program, invests in student basic needs, and requires that all high school seniors complete a FASFA.
Students are facing more financial emergencies than ever before and institutions of higher education across the country are struggling to pivot to offer the help and support that students need. Join us for a conversation on January 28, 2021, with the nation’s leading experts on Student Basic Needs to evaluate where we stand in our response to help students and what relief 2021 might bring.
By restoring Pell grant eligibility for students in prison, half a million additional students will qualify for federal funds unavailable to them for the past 26 years.
Open education has started the revolution of making educational materials, textbooks, and courses inclusive within the framework of caring. This can be seen in the way a course is created, designed, and presented.
We awarded a Michelson Spark Grant to the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) to support their efforts in promoting high-growth, well-paying careers for justice-involved candidates in green technologies, construction trade unions, and other vocational training programs. Additionally, this project advances fair chance hiring, financial literacy, leadership programming, and policy work.
The Open Education Conference opened my eyes to how open knowledge creates opportunities to enhance learning. My experience was one I’ll never forget and I’m excited for next year’s event! In the meantime, I’m redoubling my efforts to make knowledge available to all and most importantly, free of barriers to education.