The week may be just getting started, but it has been a remarkable one for California’s community colleges.  On Sunday, March 21st, the House of Representatives passed both the largest investment in financial aid and the largest investment in community colleges in history. The United States Senate begins consideration of the bill today, and both Senators Boxer and Feinstein support us. It will likely be a tortuous process to watch this week, but passage is likely by the week’s end.


Yesterday, thousands of students primarily from community colleges and California State University campuses held a vocal but peaceful rally at the state Capitol. Following the rally, the students visited their legislators inside the Capitol. I’ve uploaded some of the pictures I took to my Flickr page <> .

Congratulations to President Reid Milburn and the entire Student Senate Council for a great event. Also yesterday, the League hosted the Phi Theta Kappa honors luncheon.  This annual event recognizes some of the best and brightest students in our system as identified by the national Phi Theta Kappa honors society. Many CEOs that joined us to honor their students and I personally find it one of the best events to participate in each year.

If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to browse the program brochure <>  to read the biographies of these students, which are emblematic of the students served by our colleges every day. They include veterans and students who have re-entered college because of the economy, refugees who were resettled here as recently as 2007 and several first-generation students. They are future artists, business owners, lawyers, nurses, physicians and scientists, and are a representative portrait of our system.

Please join me in congratulating the following outstanding California community college students.
All-California Academic First Team
August Anderson, Napa Valley College
Jon Baza, Cosumnes River College
Justin Bricker, Oxnard College
Atrina Brill, Fullerton College
Sheila Burson, Butte College
Jeff Doolittle, Mt. San Jacinto College
Timothy Fuller, Hartnell College
Ashley Good, Skyline College
Francine Hooper, Cosumnes River College
Jacqueline Jao, Irvine Valley College
Dung Le, San Jose City College
Alyssa Martinez, Rio Hondo College
Jeremy Morales Madrigal, Canada College
Deanna O’Bryan, Pasadena City College
Isaac Powell, Mt. San Antonio College (New Century Scholar)
Christian Ramirez, Citrus College
Isaiah Roggow, Canada College
Narjisse Sarehane, American River College
Leo Savage-Low, Butte College
Amelie Sherry, Santa Rosa Junior College
Meredyth Warren, Long Beach City College
Peter Zitko, Napa Valley College
All-California Academic Second Team   All-California Academic Third Team Bahareh Abadian, Orange Coast College
Solomon Abdella, Pasadena City College
Tim Aguilar, Rio Hondo College
David Barrera, Long Beach City College
Kian Behmanesh, Los Angeles Pierce College
Sandra Coronilla, San Diego Miramar College
Alayna Eaton, Solano Community College
Derrick Hau, Skyline College
Eric Ibrahim, College of the Canyons
Brendan Joyce, Diablo Valley College
Soojeong Kelsey Kim, College of the Canyons
Ryan Krebs, Moorpark College
Paul Muhumuza, Los Angeles Pierce College
William Neri, Santa Ana College
Eric Nolan, Irvine Valley College
Jeremy Orosco, MiraCosta College
Heather Paulson, San Diego Miramar College
Duc Phan, Orange Coast College
Amber Lee Rafferty, Porterville College
Sarah Ridenour, Porterville College
Karina Rivera, Fullerton College
Terry Thomas Jr., Los Angeles Southwest College Delgertsetseg Batsaikhan, American River College
Linda Carroll, Merritt College
Ashley Cook, Mt. San Jacinto College
Michelle Cotrupe, MiraCosta College
Dustin Crown, Mendocino College
Sheila Dharod, Los Angeles City College
Brooke Dotson, Mt. San Jacinto College
Mark Drucker, Diablo Valley College
Jose Estrada, Los Angeles Valley College
Heather Gardner, Mendocino College
Francisco Hernandez, Long Beach City College
Ricky Kelly, Long Beach City College
Hee Yeong Kim, Cerritos College
Cody Lewin, Los Angeles Valley College
Duke Marine, Moorpark College
Martin Medrano, Mt. San Antonio College
Meghan Sheeran, Riverside Community College
Allen Tung, Citrus College
Guy Torres, Riverside Community College
Katsiaryna Tronza, College of Alameda

Congratulations to these students and to the faculty, staff, friends and family that make their success possible.


Scott Lay
President and Chief Executive Officer
Orange Coast College ’94

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