Media Statement: FACCC Applauds California’s Support for DACA Recipients

SACRAMENTO, Calif. The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) has issued the following statement on the additional resources approved by the Legislature in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program and California Dream Act recipients:

FACCC applauds Governor Brown, Assembly Speaker Rendon, and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de LeA?n for their leadership and decisive action in support of our DACA students. The California Community Colleges have benefitted for over a decade from the presence of students who qualify for AB 540 status, and more recently under the California Dream Act and DACA. The Trump Administrations recent decision to rescind the DACA program is both cruel and short-sighted and we urge Congress to follow California’s lead and immediately act to protect the status of these young men and women. Today’s actions send a clear message that California’s Dreamers remain welcome in our state and at our community colleges.

The respective Assembly and Senate Budget Committees passed budget trailer bills containing $20,000,000 in additional funds for immigration services for DACA recipients and increased financial aid for the California DREAM Program by $10,000,000, with the largest portion, $7,000,000, dedicated for California Community College students.

 

Media Statement: FACCC Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Rescind DACA Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) has issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“FACCC stands in solidarity with our DACA students and urges Congress to immediately fashion a solution to protect their status in the United States. The California Community Colleges have benefitted for over a decade from the presence of students who qualify for AB 540 status, and more recently under the California Dream Act and DACA. Forcibly removing them from this country, where they work and study hard to make a permanent and meaningful contribution, is both senseless and cruel. It is time to demonstrate compassion for our Dreamers and remind them that they remain welcome at our community colleges.”

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Statement on 2017 Budget Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has issued the following statement on Governor Browns signing of the 2017-18 Budget:

FACCC is grateful to both the Legislature and Governor for their continued commitment to strengthening the California Community Colleges. An additional $183.6 million in base funding will help districts still struggling with the lingering effects of the recession meet their goals of improved student success. Moreover, $5 million in part-time faculty office hours is a critical investment to expand the opportunities for students to have after-class access to their instructors. Finally, increased funding for an array of support services including hunger programs, mental health, and veterans resource centers will significantly help our students succeed in college. FACCC is now advocating on the federal level to ensure that proposed cuts to education in the President’s budget do not undermine advancements at the state level.

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Founded in 1953, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges was named Best Political Voice for Community College Faculty in the State by Sacramento News & Review. Representing over 11,000 members, it serves as the professional membership association for California Community College faculty across the state’s 72 districts and 113 colleges.

FACCC Statement on Governor’s Revised 2017-18 Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has issued the following statement on Governor Brown’s revised budget proposal today:

“FACCC is very appreciative of the Governor’s continued commitment to strengthening the California Community Colleges,” said FACCC Executive Director Jonathan Lightman. “FACCC is especially grateful to the Administration for its consideration of $160 million ongoing increase to base funding. This is extremely important to cover operational costs as our institutions continue to make progress in student success.”

In the next month, FACCC will be working with legislative leaders and Administration officials to improve upon today’s proposal. FACCC continues to advocate dedicated funding to increase the ratio of full- to part-time faculty, support for part-time faculty with office hours, health benefits, and compensation equity, and statewide student service programs as these are all fundamental to our educational mission.

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Founded in 1953, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges was named “Best Political Voice for Community College Faculty in the State” by Sacramento News & Review. Representing over 11,000 members, it serves as the professional membership association for California Community College faculty across the state’s 72 districts and 113 colleges.

FACCC Statement on the Governor’s Proposed 2017-18 Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2017-18 budget:

FACCC is grateful to Governor Brown for his continued support of the California Community College system but is disappointed in the lack of funding for such priorities as full-time faculty hiring and support for part-time faculty. Academic infrastructure must be the top priority to achieve student success. We look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature throughout the budget process to maximize opportunities for our students.