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Upcoming San Diego town hall will address the difficulties and challenges of African-American studen

SAN DIEGO, CA—California Community Colleges assembled a California Career Education Black/African-American Advisory Panel (The panel) last year to help raise awareness among black and African-American students about career education opportunities available at California community colleges throughout the state: It is a starling fact that two-thirds of black adults between ages 25 to 64 in California attended college at some time in their lives; however, many drop-out, resulting in only a third earning an associate or bachelor’s degree, according to EdSource article, California’s black students lag in college completion despite some gains.

The article continued that the study, “State of Higher Education for Black Californians,” calls on state and education leaders to set specific statewide goals for black student achievement in high school and college; establish a strategy to help black students who started college but didn’t finish to return and earn a degree; improve financial aid and ensure that community colleges place more students in credit-bearing courses with academic support rather than no-credit remedial classes.

The 23-member Panel began its first town hall in Los Angeles last October, with the purpose of hearing first-hand, the challenges the black/African-American community faces when seeking higher education, and how the California Community Colleges can help break down barriers.

The Panel along with the The Urban League of San Diego County will have a San Diego Town Hall & College Fair in San Diego, CA June 5, at the San Diego City College, Room MS – 140 located on 1551 C Street.

The event will start with a college fair and dinner at 4:30 PM followed by the town hall from 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM.

Parents, students, the public and community leaders are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP and register to this free event: 619-887-0256 or at

At the town hall, subject-matter experts will discuss success factors for blacks and African-Americans in higher education as well as:

▪ Improving access to college enrollment

▪ Removing barriers to success

▪ Improving graduation and completion rates

▪ Learn about important college programs that can help make pursuing your career

a reality:

▪ Career Education – hands-on training for well-paying jobs of today & the future

▪ I Can Afford College – financial aid to help pay for college

▪ Associate Degree for Transfer – guaranteed transfer to a 4-year university

▪ And have the opportunity to meet with college representatives

▪ WIN Gift Cards and Other Prizes!

For more information, and to register online visit:

WHAT: California Community Colleges San Diego Town Hall & College Fair

WHY: To hear first-hand from parents, students, educators, and community leaders about:

DAY: Wednesday, June 5, 2019


4:30 pm: DOORS OPEN – College Fair begins

4:30 to 5:45 pm: Dinner & Registration

5:45 to 8:00 pm: Town Hall

PLACE: San Diego City College | ROOM: MS – 140 on 1551 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101

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