AB 573 provides legal assistance to former Corinthian students seeking to discharge their federal and private loans, and restores up to two years of Cal Grant and California National Guard Education Read More
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In 2012, Tiffany Johnson enrolled as a first-time college student at Heald College. The school guaranteed her a high-paying job and successful career upon graduation, which could be in “as little as nine months,” according to advertising. Three years later, Tiffany faces $37,000 in student loans and has no degree to show for her time, effort and debt. She is one of thousands of students with similar stories, who were taken advantage of by the illicit practices of some for-profit colleges.
The announcement this week that Westwood College will close four California campuses marks the latest in a series of closures of for-profit schools. In July, Four-D College unlawfully closed two California campuses. In April, Corinthian Colleges abruptly ceased operations at all Heald, Everest and WyoTech campuses, including 23 in California. These closures followed investigations and enforcement actions by state and federal agencies.
SACRAMENTO– Assemblymember Jose Medina, Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee responds favorably to the University of California’s (UC) move to increase access to California students.
“I am pleased to see the University of California’s commitment to enroll more California students. It will take a strong partnership and shared responsibility to see this through. I remain optimistic that the UC Regents will approve this important expansion later this week.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) was presented with the Legislator of the Year award by the Community College Association, the higher education affiliate of the California Teachers Association.
(Carson, CA) – Studies tell us that one in five college women will be sexually assaulted while they are pursuing a higher education. The numbers are shocking and California State Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) is determined to help campuses prevent these crimes. That’s why as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, Assemblymember Medina took part in a Joint Legislative Audit Committee Hearing that examined the issue of “Campus Sexual Harassment and Violence.” The hearing took place in Carson at California State University, Dominguez Hills, College of Extended and International Education. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear from Assemblymember Medina as he addresses this alarming problem.
Students Left Stranded in Aftermath of School Closures
SACRAMENTO—AB 573, legislation authored by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), was vetoed by the Governor today. This bill would have provided critical financial aid relief to California students who were harmed by the abrupt closure and questionable practices of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., more commonly known as Heald, Everest, and Wyotech.
RIVERSIDE - Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Select
Committee on California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs led a hearing today discussing a recent
delegation to Mexico City and built upon issues discussed during their visit to provide a broader
policy briefing on higher education and student exchanges.
CARSON– Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson), Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), and Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate, co-hosted an oversight hearing on sexual harassment and violence occurrences at California universities. The hearing was held at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
“The Higher Education Committee has focused on campus sexual assault problems and during this time, notable progress has been made,” said Medina. “There have been clear improvements in the areas of mandatory orientation for new students and expansion and publication of resources for survivors. But, we have also heard concerns from students and advocates that campuses are focused on compliance, and not necessarily on taking the extra steps needed to protect students.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Select Committee on California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs will lead a delegation to Mexico City to discuss higher education and student exchanges, furthering tourism between California and Mexico, the arts and film industry, and climate change.
“I look forward to the productive and informative meetings the Committee will have with our counterparts in Mexico, which will help strengthen the cooperative relationships between our governments,” Medina said. “I appreciate Speaker Toni Atkins including this delegation as part of the Committee’s scope and we will build upon the issues we discuss and information we gain.”
SACRAMENTO—Legislation authored by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) passed out of both the Assembly and Senate today with bipartisan support. AB 573 provides much needed financial aid relief to California students who were harmed by the abrupt closure and questionable practices of Corinthian Colleges.
“Corinthian College students need help in addressing substantial student loan debt and completing their educational goals,” said Assemblymember Medina. “Through the reinstatement of California grants and assistance with federal loan forgiveness, AB 573 will ensure that the students harmed by Corinthian have a second chance at a college education.”