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The Inland Empire lags behind the state in college-going and graduation rates
A Thursday morning hearing on boosting college readiness and college graduation rates drew about 100 people to UC Riverside where they heard ideas ranging from a centralized student data system to supplemental programs for high school students.
Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, who heads the Assembly Higher Education Committee, said the meeting focused on issues in the Inland Empire. The meeting drew education leaders from across the region as well as several other Assembly members, including Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education suspended federal financial aid for prospective students at ITT Technical Institutes, a national, publicly traded, for-profit college. The next day, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education prohibited California ITT locations from enrolling new students.
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Dr. Pamela Clute:
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Pamela Clute, Assistant Vice Chancellor Emerita at UC Riverside and UCR Foundation Trustee. I was honored to have worked with her for many years as a teacher, school board member, and RCC Trustee. For over 40 years, Pamela dedicated herself to students, fostering their interest and helping them explore their potential in STEM fields. Her efforts won numerous awards, including my recognition of her work as one of this year’s Women of Distinction for the 61st Assembly District. I, along with countless others inspired by her work, will miss her energy and impact.”
Free college education was one of the issues spotlighted at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.
True, it was dwarfed by the historic nomination of the first woman to represent a major political party as a presidential nominee, but it was in the mix. And as fall terms approach, it becomes an even more important issue to students pursuing degrees while worrying about their finances.
RIVERSIDE – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) alongside Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge honored the partnership between California Citrus State Historic Park and Friends of California Citrus Park. A signing ceremony was held today to commemorate the creation of this public-private partnership. Such partnerships were encouraged by Governor Brown as a way to enhance State resources.
“It was truly an honor to join Secretary John Laird, Assemblyman Jose Medina, former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge and a bipartisan coalition of regional leaders in recognizing the historic partnership forged today between the California Citrus State Historic Park and Friends of California Citrus Park,” said Senator Roth. “This partnership will preserve and protect our region’s unique heritage and future, and shows what we can achieve when we come together under a common purpose to deliver for all Inland Southern Californians.”
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) spoke before the Senate Education Committee regarding Assembly Bill 1721, which would expand financial aid for California’s college students. AB 1721 aims to increase the number of competitive Cal Grant awards from 25,700 to 34,000. The legislation also proposes reserving 19,000 competitive Cal Grants for California Community College students among other enhancements. AB 1721 passed by a unanimous vote of the committee and now heads to the State Senate Floor for consideration. Watch this Assembly Access Video to see a portion of Assemblymember Medina’s presentation before the committee. http://www.asmdc.org/Medina
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) honored Mrs. Lisa LeQuire, retired member of the United States Air Force, as the 2016 Veteran of the Year for the 61st Assembly District.
“I proudly honor Mrs. Lisa LeQuire for her service and contributions to the community,” said Assemblymember Medina. “She served our country and continues to give back her time to military initiatives.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) honored the Latino Network of Riverside as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 61st Assembly District. The Latino Network was represented in the Capitol by its President Darlene Elliot and Vice President Ninfa Delgado.
“The Latino Network addresses key issues affecting and impacting the Latino community,” said Assemblymember Medina. “Each year, I am proud to participate in the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Breakfast hosted by their organization. They support and inspire our youth to become engaged and active members of our local community. For these reasons and more, I am pleased to recognize the Latino Network.”
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee released the following statement today regarding the passage of the 2016-2017 State Budget:
“I am pleased this Budget will provide additional funding for the California State University, University of California, and Community College systems,” said Medina. “Californians deserve access to quality and affordable higher education. The California College Promise will receive funding which is much needed to help support the expansion of Cal Grants to community college students. Additionally, I am grateful for the support of the PUENTE program, which improves student success and encourages students to pursue higher education. Also, we are investing in much needed faculty diversity awareness. Unfortunately, there is still unmet need and higher education must be made a top priority, as it plays an important role in personal empowerment and provides a pathway out of poverty for many. Today’s Budget agreement takes important steps forward in the effort to support access to higher education for all Californians and I encourage the Governor’s approval.”
Assemblymember Medina proudly represents California’s 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris.