Hancock College Prepares for New Laws

March 04, 2018

Lompoc Record
Guest Commentary By Kevin G. Walthers

The 2018 state Legislative session is in full swing, and community college policy is a primary topic this year.

Almost 90 bills have been introduced that will impact the ways community colleges function in California. Bills include changes to financial aid, free-speech rules, tutoring and career education, to name just a few topics.

Two changes being discussed in Sacramento are of particular interest to Allan Hancock College, one dealing with the community college baccalaureate program, and another changing the way community colleges receive funding.

Senate Bill 1406 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will extend the community college baccalaureate-degree pilot program, currently underway at 15 California colleges, through 2022.