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Helping to secure basic needs for all students.

Success in college is challenging even without additional concerns about where your next meal is going to come from or being unable to access online course materials. The FoundationCCC’s programs help students meet their basic needs so that they can spend more energy on their education.

CalFresh Outreach

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation are working together along with multiple partners on a statewide level, including CSU Chico’s Center for Healthy Communities, to raise awareness and conduct outreach among students to enroll for CalFresh benefits. Apply for CalFresh benefits.

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Foster Youth Housing Project

The Foundation’s Foster Youth Housing Project aims to address the high percentage of foster youth in need of housing by laying the groundwork to build student housing for California community college students.The Foster Youth Housing Project will build off of current work occurring in Los Angeles, where one third of homeless youth were in the foster care system. Through research conducted in partnership with experts and advocates in the housing space, the project aims to identify opportunities to build student housing to support students and meet the unique needs of more vulnerable populations, with a specific focus on former foster youth. Findings will help inform and create a roadmap for future housing initiatives and developments across the California Community Colleges, aiming to ultimately provide students with more holistic, wrap-around support to help improve economic and social mobility statewide.

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Public Benefits for Foster Youth Project

FoundationCCC is creating a resource hub around public benefit programs that works to enhance the education experience of community college students throughout California, with a particular focus on supporting current and former foster youth. From food to housing to childcare, there are many programs supporting basic needs available to students. It can be overwhelming to know which programs a student may be eligible for and how to apply. FoundationCCC is committed to creating a resource where students can easily identify which public benefits they qualify for and how to easily access the program benefits. Starting in Fall 2021, with support from the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, a new Student Ambassador program will be launched to increase peer-to-peer outreach around public benefit programs for college students.

California Community College Health and Wellness Program

Implemented in 2011, the California Community College Health and Wellness program is a statewide effort focusing on prevention and early intervention strategies which address the mental health needs of California community college students and advance the collaboration between community colleges and community based agencies, in particular., county mental health. The CCC Health and Wellness Program is a partnership between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for Community Colleges.

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Contact Us

Cole Forstedt
Associate Director, Equity
T: 916.491.4488


Sally Fifield
Program Manager, Equity

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866.325.3222
Fax: 916.325.0844

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Supporting our Work

Help the Foundation further its mission to benefit, support, and enhance the California Community Colleges.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 68-0412350).

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 116 colleges and 73 districts, serving nearly 2 million students.

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