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California Promise: Pathways to Student Success

Date: August 30, 2017
Location: Sacramento, CA

In California and throughout the country, the demand for a college-educated workforce and the simultaneous increasing cost of higher education can impede access to higher education for students from low- and middle-income families. College Promise programs can help to address this challenge. As California’s community college districts continue to build and expand their Promise programs, a growing community of chancellors, foundation staff, and community college representatives are identifying promising strategies to advance these programs.

This event convened representatives from across California who are actively working on Promise programs–chancellors, trustees, district and foundation staff, and other cross-sector partners–to share their experiences and learn from each other about promising implementation practices. Attendees:

  • Learned about research and strategies that will help them advance their work on College Promise programs
  • Engaged in practice-based discussion with peers on Promise program successes and challenges
  • Heard about the benefits of multi-sector partnerships at the state and local levels to successfully build and sustain College Promise programs

Community College district teams were encouraged to attend. To cultivate cross-sector collaboration, each district team included members from at least two sectors outside of the community college district. The focus of the conference was on the importance of engaging a broad group of community partners, including K-12 school districts, community colleges, four-year universities, business, and local government, in working towards the success of Promise programs. Another key topic was building sustainable funding and infrastructure models.


The primary audience for this event was community college leaders in California, which included chancellors, presidents, vice-presidents, foundation directors, trustees, and representatives from partner programs, with a shared interest in advancing Promise programs.


August 30, 2017

Sacramento, CA

Contact Information
Mary Rauner

College Access (Postsecondary Pathways)



  • Martha Kanter, Executive Director, College Promise Campaign
  • Brian King, Chancellor, Los Rios Community College District
  • Eloy Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges
  • Kristen Soares, President, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
  • Loren Blanchard, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, California State University
  • Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
  • Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education
Intersegmental Commitment to California’s College Promise