Monday, June 20, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Joint News Conference with San Diego Community College District about Free Community College Pilot Program Launch


June 20, 2016


Jack Beresford


Linda Zintz



Free Community College Pilot Program Launch


WHAT:                       News conference


WHO:                         SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll, SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten, and others will announce the launch of the San Diego Promise including the selection of the first students to participate in the pilot program.  Three students who will be participating in the pilot program – as incoming freshmen at City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges – will attend and talk about how free tuition and books will allow them to pursue their dreams of a college education.


WHEN:                       Wednesday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.


WHERE:                     San Diego Mesa College, Student Services Plaza – use Parking Lot 1 which is accessible via Genesee Ave to Marlesta Drive, then right on Chasewood Way.                            



BACKGROUND:       Modeled after more than 130 similar programs elsewhere in California and around the country, the San Diego Promise aims to ensure that no deserving student is denied access to college due to lack of resources.  The San Diego Promise pilot program will cover the costs of enrollment fees and provide book grants for 201 incoming freshmen at City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges during the 2016-17 academic year.  Officials hope to expand the program in 2017-18 and will be sharing details of a community-wide fundraising effort to support the program.


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