Friday, November 30, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                November 30, 2012

CONTACTS:                                        Paula Green, 626-914-8873, Stacy Armstrong, 626-857-4082


Passage of Proposition 30 Opens New Pathways for Student Completion and Success
By Paula Green


The November 6 passage of Proposition 30 was celebrated throughout the state as “a wise investment,” and “a new beginning” for the future of California’s schools and colleges.  Citrus College officials, however, were also aware of the reality that Proposition 30 is a turning point, not a total solution, and they are preparing for the opportunities that lie ahead.


This turning point will enable thousands of Citrus College students to complete their educational goals in a timelier manner and produce the highly-skilled workers that are critical to national, state and local economic recovery.


As students prepare to register for winter session and spring semester classes, the Citrus College administration is restoring 165 course sections to the college’s winter session and spring semester schedules.  These schedules, which were planned before the start of the current academic year, were based on a scenario that the Governor’s Tax Initiative would pass; however, they were not implemented.


“We began the academic year anticipating a $3.5 million trigger cut if Proposition 30 failed,” explained Superintendent/President Geraldine M. Perri.  “Citrus College acted prudently by offering a schedule that was realistic and consistent with its budget.  The schedule provided classes that prioritized degree and certificate completion, transfer, and basic skills.”


These added sections will also enable students to fulfill general education requirements in a more timely manner; receive an associate degree in one of the college’s 35 programs of study; earn an Associate Degree for Transfer in one of 13 disciplines that will provide students a pathway into the California State University system with junior standing; and earn a career/technical certificate of achievement from 31 areas of study.   In addition, the college will ensure that students who first need to strengthen their academic skills will also have the necessary classes to do so. 


“The passage of Proposition 30 is best described as a 'leveling of the field',” stated Dr. Irene Malmgren, vice president of student services.  “The students who will immediately feel the impact are the college’s current students.  They will have the opportunity to take classes that will expedite completion.”


At the beginning of the fall semester, the Citrus College community adopted a new institutional theme, A College of Completion.  Its purpose is to provide students with information and support that will help them succeed—completion being the pinnacle of their success.  Proposition 30 will also allow the college to implement the mandates of the Student Success Act of 2012, restore the support services that facilitate academic achievement and clear the path for future students to receive a college education and work in their chosen occupational fields.


The voters’ acceptance of Proposition 30 was fueled in part by the advocacy of students.  Citrus College student leaders launched a focused, and sometimes creative, campaign encouraging their peers to vote.  Their efforts, combined with those of student leaders statewide, resulted in a historic number of young adults ages19 to 29 voting in the November election.


“I am both delighted and encouraged by the passage of Proposition 30,” said Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “Proposition 30 provides an opportunity to rebuild our educational system and provide more opportunities for students, at all levels, to achieve their goals.”