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The Future & Educational Priorities of Our Local Community Colleges

Please Join the Conversation by participating in the survey.

We want to hear from you!

 

Thank you to the hundreds of residents who participated in our Community Educational Priorities Survey earlier this year. Your input into our State Center Vision 2035 greatly appreciated. Your feedback is important to us and we want to continue this important community conversation.

State Center Vision 2035

For more information regarding District facilities and the integrated planning process, please visit State Center Vision 2035.

Our local community colleges proudly serve local students and families who rely on us for the affordable quality education we provide. Because the University of California and California State Systems have become so expensive, more students rely on local community colleges for their education. We must continue to increase opportunities for local students to earn college credits, certifications and job skills at a reasonable price and then transfer to a four-year university to complete their degrees.

The community has also told us they value the training and support our colleges provide for students to get the skills and training needed to compete for good-paying jobs in today’s competitive global economy. To continue to provide these programs it is necessary to improve classrooms, labs, and equipment for career education programs to train local police officers and firefighters and for careers in nursing, engineering, agriculture, technology, advanced manufacturing, and other in-demand jobs.

The survey conducted also assessed the public’s higher education priorities. The top community priorities included:

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Improving career educational programs

Improving job training programs for nursing, allied health, agriculture and advanced manufacturing

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Helping veterans enter the workforce

Preparing returning veterans for high-paying jobs

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Expanding career and vocational programs

Providing access to affordable education, career skills and training for first-responders

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Improving job training

Improving job training programs in technology, engineering and clean energy

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Repairing college infrastructure

Fixing leaky roofs

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Repairing college infrastructure

Repairing deteriorating gas, electrical and sewer lines


Local community colleges are also where our area’s nurses, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and 911 emergency responders are trained. By expanding the Police and Firefighter Academies and improving healthcare education programs our local colleges can increase access to these programs and ensure our local area has the well-trained first-responders needed to keep communities safe.

Please Join the Conversation by participating in the survey. We want to hear from you!

Community Survey Results

JTC Community Presentation