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Good News for Tech Center in Proposed State Budget

February 4, 2021

California Capitol buildingIn an encouraging sign for the coming fiscal year, the Governor’s proposed state budget includes increased funding for the California Community Colleges — some of which will directly benefit CCC Technology Center programs.

Gov. Newsom’s 2021-22 budget announcement on January 8 was welcome news for the Tech Center after last year’s reduction forced major staff cuts and disrupted project timelines.

The proposed funding boost sends a clear message. “We are essential as we build and operate the critical systems that the California Community Colleges depend on,” said Tim Calhoon, Executive Director of the Tech Center.

Included in the proposed budget is $8 million for CENIC, which would restore Tech Center grant funding to FY 2019-20 levels. CENIC stands for Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California. In an ongoing partnership with CENIC, the Tech Center is working to upgrade internet circuits at all CCC campuses to 10Gbps. This work was scaled back last year, but with funding restored, circuit upgrades should be able to resume the previous schedule.

Additionally, more than $2 million is called out for the California Cradle-to-Career Data System, which will enable development to begin on eTranscript California 2.0. The Cradle-to-Career initiative aims to connect data from early education, K-12 education, higher education, financial aid, workforce, and health and human services to address disparities in opportunities and improve outcomes for all students.