On Monday, a proposal for an all-online community college was heard in efforts to boost job prospects for about 2 million working class Californians who lack full degrees.
The California Community College’s Board of Governors heard three proposals aimed at helping residents who have some college under their belt, but don’t feel that community college’s current offerings address their needs or provide opportunities to move up in their careers.
Proponents of the initiative, called Project FLOW (Flex Learning Options for Workers), say it’s a necessary option to provide better job access for an underserved population. Critics say the state’s funds should be invested into already existing schools with online programs.
The FLOW workgroup is accepting public comment until November 22.
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Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California Community Colleges
Michelle Pilati, professor of psychology at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier; past president of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, which represents faculty with respect to professional and academic matters