California Community Colleges Help Students Save Time and Money to Reach Their Higher Education Goals

By: Rebecca Ruan-O’Shaughnessy, Vice Chancellor for Educational Services and Support, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Like many Asian students, growing up, I was expected to work hard, get good grades, and graduate from college so that I could find a good job. It sounds simple, but as we all know, life is not that straightforward or easy.


As the California Community Colleges’ Vice Chancellor for Educational Services and Support, I understand the many challenges students face in their pursuit of obtaining a higher education degree or certificate, which is why I strongly believe in providing academic programs and support services to help students succeed.


As we celebrate California Community Colleges Month this April, I want to highlight the high quality and affordable opportunities that are immediately available at our colleges to help students enroll and stay on track to reach their educational goals.


Dual enrollment is one of those important opportunities, offering high school students and students attending a noncredit or adult education diploma or equivalency program the chance to get a head start on their college education. With dual enrollment, students can take high-quality college courses taught by instructors who are experts in their fields. These courses count toward a high school diploma (or adult equivalency) and a future college degree. In short, one dual enrollment class counts towards two different academic goals. Even more, dual enrollment is free for most students. And, in today’s competitive workforce, saving time and money toward reaching educational and career goals is more important than ever.


In addition to this valuable opportunity, our colleges also offer all Californians access to real-life experience in more than 200 career programs to get the training they need for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. And, for those who want to start at a community college and transfer, we offer a guaranteed, saved spot at participating four-year public and not-for-profit private universities with the Associate Degree for Transfer.


Plus, with year-round financial aid and resources available to help cover the cost of tuition, books, supplies, transportation, childcare, food, and sometimes even the rent – there is truly no time like the present to enroll at a California community college.


Get started on your college education now. For dual enrollment courses, high school and adult education students should meet with their counselor to find out what classes are available, determine eligibility requirements and enroll. For anyone considering career training, a two-year degree, or transferring to a four-year university, visit to explore your options and enroll now.


I strongly encourage you to pursue your higher education dreams. Take the next step—you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.