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Laser Focused Policy to Move the Education Needle

Thursday, November 2, 2017
12:302 p.m.


CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South , 1113
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Education has seen a plethora of policies implemented in the last 20 years to support educational success, but the needle has barely moved to close the gap in K-12 college readiness and college graduate employability. The Obama Administration has identified Community Colleges having the greatest potential to increase social mobility. With 133 colleges, CA has the largest community college system. Governor Brown’s educational budget initiatives will provide a chance to move that needle through funding, but the initiatives must be supported by policies focused on intentional outcomes while addressing the critical issues facing CA, i.e., the high cost of college; college readiness; college high debt; and employability.

Linda Wah is an elected Trustee of Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees. She also serves on the California Community College (CCC) Trustees, (CCCT) representing trustees across the state, and is a member of the Board of Governor’s Strong Workforce Task Team and the Chancellor’s Institutional Effectiveness. Linda is also co-founder of the CCC Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Trustees & Administrators (APITA). She is committed to the success of students and has advocated for early college access, workforce achievement, student Veterans, and college affordability. Linda also sits on the CSULA President’s Circle and advises on issues affecting our community, including 4-year transfer and college affordability. In addition to education issues, Linda has been a strong advocate for women in leadership and serves on the Board of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and helps train and mentor women who seek public office.


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