News Room

The Foundation News Room is designed to provide valuable resources and information on our organization. Here you will find our latest news and announcements, press releases, hi-res images, logos, and detailed background information about all Foundation programs and services.

Featured Story

With a Year of Crisis Text Line Data, California Community Colleges Launch Mental Health Program

August 3, 2018

 News Article

Data from the success of the Foundation's partnership with Crisis Text Line brings additional mental health support efforts to California Community College students.

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Foundation News

Three New Members Join Foundation Board of Directors

May 15, 2018

 Press Release

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved the appointment of three new members to the Board of Directors for the Foundation for California Community Colleges: Dr. Frank Gornick, Ferial Govashiri, and Geneve Villacres. 

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Patrick Mulvaney Joins the Foundation for California Community Colleges' Board of Directors

January 16, 2018

 Press Release

Renowned Sacramento restaurateur Patrick Mulvaney has joined the Foundation for California Community Colleges’ (Foundation) Board of Directors. The appointment to a four-year term was approved today during a meeting of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. 

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Dr. Prem Reddy and Dr. Venkamma Reddy Recognized as 2017 Bernard Osher Philanthropists of the Year

November 17, 2017

 Press Release

Dr. Prem Reddy and his wife Dr. Venkamma Reddy have been named the 2017 Bernard Osher Philanthropists of the Year, recognizing their support of Victor Valley College (VVC) and other Southern California Community Colleges. The pair were honored in a ceremony during the Community College League of California’s Annual Conference, held November 17 at the San Jose Fairmont.

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New Crisis Text Line Identifies California College Student Homelessness as Big Issue

September 1, 2017

 News Article

An article by Southern California Public Radio recently highlighted the partnership between the  California Community College and the Crisis Text Line – a free service funded by grants and donations – to give students an all-hours, anonymous counseling service for mental health emergencies. The Foundation’s promotional materials were sent to all 114 campuses. Anonymized data from the conversations has identified homelessness as a central issue for students. 

Community Colleges Tapping Alumni to Close Funding Gap

August 16, 2017

 News Article

An article by Southern California Public Radio recently highlighted the efforts by Cerritos College, Los Angeles City College Foundation, and others to engage alumni in philanthropy supporting community college students. The Foundation’s efforts to identify best practices and support local alumni outreach through partnerships with CASE and the Network of California Community Colleges were highlighted in the story.

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California community colleges try to boost graduation rates 

June 1, 2017

News Article

The California Community College  system — all 114 community colleges — is moving to an approach known as “guided pathways." With $150 million from the state, as well as philanthropic funding, more than 20 colleges should be up and running within three years. The approach aims to help students choose a course of study earlier, then give them a clear road map to get to their goal. 

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Explore new workforce tools for closing the soft skills gap in California

June 1, 2017

News Article

A new report from the California Economic Summit highlights a number of workforce tools developed by the Foundation that help to close the soft skills gap in California. These tools include digital badges for soft skills developed in partnership with New World of Work; Career Catalyst; and LaunchPath.

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Crisis Text Line Service Expands to Serve California Community College Students

May 31, 2017

Press Release News Article

A new collaboration between the Crisis Text Line, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges will provide free, text-based, confidential assistance to California community college students. Crisis Text Line will provide a version of the text-based service specifically aimed at California Community College students who may be experiencing a mental health challenge.

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DeepTok Receives $25,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation to Coach Underrepresented Students Pursuing Healthcare Careers

May 22, 2017

Press Release

A $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will support a pipeline of students, primarily from African-American, Latino, and Native American communities, into healthcare professions through group coaching, workshops, and conversations with practicing professionals.

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California Community Colleges Announce Virtual Town Hall to Develop Strategic Vision for the System

April 11, 2017

Press Release 

The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office with support from the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and College Futures Foundation, are soliciting input from the public through a virtual town hall as part of an effort to develop a long-term, ambitious vision for the California Community College system.

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Mozilla Foundation recognizes 21st Century Skills Digital Badging Project as a 'promising practice'

February 10, 2017

Press Release 

A recent white paper released by the Mozilla Foundation has recognized the 21st Century Skills Digital Badging project as a promising example of bringing digital badges to scale.

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