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Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownSaturday, July 15th, 2017 at 1:12pm
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Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownThursday, July 6th, 2017 at 1:45am
El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees VP John Vargas

Elected Vice President of a National Leadership Organization

El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees Vice President John Vargas was recently elected vice president of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) executive board.

New officers and board members were elected during the organization’s board of directors meeting on June 25 in Dallas, following the NALEO 34th Annual Conference.
Vargas was elected secretary last year to serve on the executive board of NALEO, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,100 Latino elected and appointed officials. The board of directors provides national leadership on key issues that affect Latino participation in the political process.

“I am honored to continue to serve on the NALEO Board of Directors and now, as vice president, I am looking forward to working with President Medrano and Executive Director Arturo Vargas in ensuring we continue to support the more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials throughout the country,” Vargas said.

Earlier this year, Vargas attended the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network’s “TILN Workshop 2017” in Brussels, Belgium. The conference brought together leaders from across the U.S. and Europe to discuss excellence and inclusivity in leadership.
Vargas was elected to the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees in 2013. He has served in public office since 2009, when he was elected to the Hawthorne School District Board of Trustees.

Vargas has worked as lead administrator for numerous charter schools in Southern California and continues to support student achievement in his role as CEO of EdVantage Education Group, a newly formed nonprofit organization focused on supporting and improving charter schools through a partnership model of collaboration. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and a master’s degree in linguistics from California State University, Long Beach.

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Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownMonday, July 3rd, 2017 at 9:35am
El Camino College Establishes Transfer Agreement with LMU

El Camino College has established a transfer agreement with Loyola Marymount University to streamline the process for students transferring to the Los Angeles campus.

Starting fall 2017, well-prepared El Camino College students will be eligible for guaranteed admission to LMU if GPA and unit requirements are met. Students will be able to transfer into LMU’s liberal arts, business administration, communications and fine arts programs. ECC students will also have access to beneficial services such as campus tours, workshops, financial aid and scholarship information, transfer counseling, pre-admission advising and invitations to campus events.
For more information on the El Camino College transfer agreement with Loyola Marymount University, view: http://www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/co/transfer_services/transferpartnerships.asp.

El Camino College’s fall 2017 semester begins Aug. 26. Apply online, 24 hours per day via the El Camino College website www.elcamino.edu. For more information, go to www.elcamino.edu or call toll free 1-866-ELCAMINO.

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Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownMonday, July 3rd, 2017 at 3:05am
Community College League of California Commends
Governor Brown and Legislature for 2017-18 State Budget

California’s Community Colleges Receive General Operations Increase to Meet Growing Needs

Sacramento, CA – On Tuesday, June 27th, Governor Brown signed the 2017-18 Budget Act, allocating $183.6 million in base augmentation funding to support general operations at California’s community colleges.

The Community College League of California applauds Governor Brown and the California State Legislature for understanding California community colleges’ most significant needs. Increased funding for general operations ensures that our colleges will continue to offer quality higher education. For over a century, California’s community colleges have proven to be the state’s best economic development strategy to confront economic inequality and address civic capacity.

“This budget demonstrates that Governor Brown and the Legislature recognize investing in California’s 114 community colleges is essential for developing a skilled and educated workforce, providing opportunity for Californians to pursue affordable, quality higher education in their communities, and serving traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations including foster youth, veterans, and active duty military and their families,” said Larry Galizio, President and CEO of the Community College League of California.

The 2017-18 budget supports key investments in community colleges, including one-time funding for Compton College, which after a decade of critical improvements earned reaccreditation. “Compton College is pleased with the additional funding to support our transition to an independent college under the authority of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees,” said Keith Curry, President and CEO of the College. “We would like to thank Governor Brown, the California State Assembly, and the California State Senate for their continued support.”

The state budget also includes a total of 15 out of 29 capital outlay projects, creating jobs and ensuring community college students have access to safe and up-to-date learning environments. Finally, the investment in Guided Pathways offers a chance to transform the student experience. Guided Pathways resources seek to enhance and deepen the impact of student success and support programs and equity services on campus.

For a summary of the Budget Trailer Bills and chart highlighting the community college budget, visit the League’s Budget & Policy Center. For questions regarding the 2017-18 state budget, please contact Lizette Navarette at lizette@ccleague.org.


The Community College League of California is a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a voluntary membership of the 72 local community college districts in California. The League promotes student access and success by strengthening colleges through leadership development, advocacy, policy development, and district services.
Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownMonday, July 3rd, 2017 at 1:52am
El Camino College to Offer New Cybersecurity Certificate Program

Students at El Camino College will soon be able to enroll in a new cybersecurity program designed to provide education and training needed for jobs in this rapidly growing field.

The cybersecurity class, “Computer Security and Forensics,” will be offered in the fall and will include an overview of online security and threat assessment. A second class titled, “Ethical Hacking,” is in development, along with a certificate program.

Through the ECC certificate program, students will learn about the current state of the internet, web development, networking and cybersecurity issues as they relate to emerging technologies. Discussion topics will include internet security, risk management, network defense, virus attacks, cloud computing and social networking. The certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the cybersecurity field, which works to protect information while securing networks and data from hackers and other online threats.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in the area of information security is projected to grow at a much faster rate than the average for all occupations through 2024. Research shows that businesses, schools and government institutions need skilled professionals in cybersecurity.

The new cybersecurity certificate is supported by the Strong Workforce Program, a California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office initiative designed to improve the quantity and quality of career and technical education programs that lead to employment opportunities and/or wage increases for students.

The 2016-17 state budget included $200 million for the Strong Workforce Program, and El Camino College received more than $1.5 million. Other ECC Strong Workforce Development programs include: automotive, construction technology, film video, manufacturing/machine tool tech, nursing, public safety, radiologic technology, respiratory technology and welding.

El Camino College’s fall 2017 semester begins August 26. For more information about the new cybersecurity program or other El Camino College programs, view the schedule of classes at www.elcamino.edu.

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Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownFriday, June 23rd, 2017 at 2:20am
El Camino College Foundation Receives $25,000 to Support STEM Scholarships

The scholarships will help 16 students advance their education

The El Camino College Foundation received a $25,000 donation from Edison International to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships for outstanding students.

This is the fifth consecutive annual grant for STEM scholarships that the El Camino College Foundation has received from Edison International since 2012. Students working toward calculus-based degrees in math, engineering and science-related fields were eligible to apply for these STEM-focused scholarships.

This year, Connie Turner, government affairs at Edison International’s utility Southern California Edison, awarded 16 students scholarships in the amount of $1,000 and $2,000 at the annual MESA/STEM Transfer Awards program on May 31.
Edison International has been a generous and longtime industry partner of El Camino College, providing student scholarships, mentors for aspiring scientists and engineers, and job initiative grants.

The recent Edison International donation is part of the El Camino College Foundation Scholarship program, which continues to provide critical support to students in a variety of academic disciplines. Approximately $800,000 will be awarded to over 650 students for the 2017-18 academic year.

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