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Mission of the California Community Colleges

By law, the California Community Colleges shall admit any California resident and may admit anyone who is over 18 years of age and who is capable of profiting from the instruction offered. The Colleges may also admit any nonresident possessing a high school diploma or the equivalent thereof.

Primary missions of the colleges are to offer academic and vocational education at the lower division level for both younger and older students, including those persons returning to school. Another primary mission is to advance California's economic growth and global competitiveness through education, training, and services that contribute to continuous workforce improvement. Essential and important functions of the colleges include: remedial instruction for those in need of it, and in conjunction with the school districts, instruction in English as a second language, adult non-credit instruction, and support services which help students succeed at the postsecondary level. Community Services is designated as an authorized function. To the extent funding is provided, the colleges may conduct institutional research concerning student learning and retention, as is needed to facilitate their educational missions.

The Board of Governors shall provide leadership and direction in the continuing development of the California Community Colleges as an integral and effective element in the structure of public higher education in the state.

California Community College Chancellorís Office

Mission Statement

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