California: Jerry Brown Proposes New Online-Only Public College to Help Working Adults Succeed

California should create a public college entirely online to help millions of working adults gain the skills they need to work in the new economy and raise their pay, Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday as part of the $132 billion state budget he proposed for 2018-19," SFGate reports.

"Brown, who has long urged the California State University and University of California to rely more on online courses to reduce costs and raise graduation rates — and has often been frustrated in the process — has now turned to a method he believes will be more successful: a community college, dedicated to helping adults without a college degree improve their job prospects, that would even enable students to take classes through their phones.

'This is targeted to several million people who can upgrade their skills by taking online courses and maintaining their employment, which they certainly need,' Brown said, in presenting his proposed budget at the state Capitol.

Although anyone could enroll, the college would focus on adults age 25 and older. The idea is to work with employers in a range of careers: health care, home support services, and child development to begin with, then add more in time, said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the state’s community college chancellor."

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Publication Date: 1/12/2018

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