• Add Your Voice to Support AB 927

    The Chamber proudly supports AB 927, which is a bill that would authorize the expansion of the community college baccalaureate degree program in California. Representing a community where access to the UC and CSU systems is limited, this has become an important issue for us as a tool for better preparing local residents for the workforce and supporting our businesses’ need for talent.   
    While we are proud of our relationships with the excellent UC and CSU campuses in our region, the reality is that all of them are impacted and simply do not have the capacity to admit students from our community in the numbers that need the programs. Add to that the economic realities faced by many of our youth and working adults and the idea that they would commute long distances to attend classes makes these programs simply out of reach. Allowing local community colleges to offer four-year degrees that are aligned with local industry needs seems like an obvious and powerful tool for addressing this need.
    At this link, you can download a sample letter that we are submitting in support of this bill and our local community college district, Allan Hancock College. We hope that your business will join us in support of this bill by submitting a similar letter of support.  You are welcome to adapt this letter as you see fit. Letters should be submitted by no later than this Friday, April 16th.
    To submit your letter, you can either:

    1. Put the letter on your own letterhead, save as a PDF and send a copy to the President’s Office at AHC and they will forward it with the others we’re collecting.   Email your letter to Melinda Martinez (Melinda.martinez1@hancockcollege.edu).
    2. Use the California State Legislature portal. To use that system, you need to:
      1. Create an account on the CA Legislature Advocates Portal https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/.
      2. Create a PDF of your support letter (and any attachments). The letter should include: your letterhead, a reference to the bill number in the subject line, and a signature at the bottom of the letter.
      3. Submit your letter using the online portal.  For more information about how to create an account and submit a letter, please see https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/faces/faq.xhtml or https://cfpa.net/GeneralNutrition/Legislation/HowTo-CALegPortal-2019.pdf
    If this is an issue your business is willing to support, we’d appreciate you adding your voice!