Giving children of farmworkers an education like that offered to children of doctors BY BENJAMIN DURAN SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 06:00 AM, UPDATED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 06:00 AM I grew up in a family of migrant farmworkers, working in the Central Valley fields with my parents and seven brothers and sisters. But since elementary school, I only ever wanted to be a teacher. My own teachers helped make this dream a reality.…

Getting There: Are California Community Colleges Maximizing Student Completion of Transfer-Level Math and English? September 2019 A new law, Assembly Bill 705 (Irwin), is driving dramatic changes in how California Community Colleges place students into English and math courses. Beginning in fall 2019, AB 705 requires the colleges to use students’ high school grades as the primary means of placement; restricts colleges from denying students access to transferable, college-level courses; and…

Porterville College president happy to be back in Central Valley where she achieved her American dream Being a college president was never a position Claudia Habib thought she would fill. Her career, much like her life, has been an evolution with no specific end position or goal in mind. She came to the United States from Colombia with no English under her belt, and to make ends meet, she cleaned homes…

California has one of the most prolific community college scenes in the country. The Golden State is home to more than 110 public two-year institutions and features some of the lowest reported costs for community college tuition of any state in the U.S. Ever since President Obama introduced America’s College Promise in 2015, a proposal to make community college tuition-free for qualifying students, legislators and education administrators in California have been…