Higher ed lobbies gubernatorial candidates

A higher education nonprofit organization, The Campaign for College Opportunity, is asking California’s 2010 gubernatorial candidates to sign a pledge of support for improved access to higher education and higher graduation rates.

The Los Angeles-based organization, led by California Business Roundtable president and California State University system trustee Bill Hauck, has a goal to boost by 1 million the number of college graduates by 2025.

That’s the year when the state will have 1 million fewer grads that it needs to supply the workforce, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

The Campaign for College Opportunity advocates for higher education legislation. (Correction: Per the organization’s spokesman Marty Trujillo, the organization has not taken a position on Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez’ jobs bill, which would fully fund the state’s higher education system and cut recent tuition fee hikes.)

It’s all part of the brewing public relations convergence between the battle over the state’s crumbling budget and the fight between Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Met Whitman over the governor’s seat.  The governor is one of the three approvals — Assembly and Senate are the other two — required to pass a state budget and everybody knows it.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Common Tater

    This is the introduction when you visit their website:

    “The Campaign for College Opportunity is a California non-profit organization co-founded in 2003 by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the California Business Roundtable, and the Community College League of California. The Campaign has a small professional staff and is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Sacramento and Modesto. “

  • BHO

    Of the 37 million people in California, 16 million are employed and 2.3 million are unemployed as of May 2010. One third of the unemployed have college degrees, that’s over 700,000 people. The problem in California is not a lack of education. The problem is an anti-business culture of regulation and high taxation that undermines the ability for business to grow and hire. Let’s get candidates to sign pledges to reduce the number of public employees, the amount of business regulation, and the amount of public spending.

  • For Liberty


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    Thanks for your consideration. It’s about California’s liberty.

  • judge B

    Don’t be Duped AMERICAN VOTERS!!! Chelene Nightingale for governor 2010 AIP is a fraud and has been TOLD by the leaders of the AIP she will be romoved from the November ballot. Due to her failure to follow procedures within the AIP and her deceit about her own bankruptcy and foreclosure THE AIP as chosen to implement this. AIP did not choose Nightingale to run, she ran a hostile and devisive campaign from the start and wasted money and time for her followers. NO more crooks in Office! Thank you.

  • ca watchdog

    Google CHELENE NIGHTINGALE MINUTEMEN” YOU WILL find page after page of what this person is really all about. Chelene Nightingale for governor 2010 needs to come clean about who she really is! to be informed is to have control!