Brief – Bill would shift coursework decisions

John Stark

Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, introduced a bill to grant California community colleges the power to approve “stand alone” courses locally.

“Stand alone” courses give specified training to students based on local needs, outside of the traditional degree-driven curriculum.

“It is going to give students and the local campus the ability to design courses that students want, and in many cases need, for new careers and job opportunities,” Nava said. “Private industry can work with community colleges to create coursework to prepare students for high paying jobs.”

In laymen terms, Assembly Bill 1943 would let City College approve its own courses without approval from the State.

Currently, community colleges in California must receive approval through the Board of Governors before establishing these courses.