Assemblymember Miguel Santiago Visits ELAC’s First Year Center and American Job Center of CaliforniaPosted: Oct/11/2019 1:27 PM
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October 11, 2019
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Monterey Park, CA – Assemblymember Miguel Santiago of the 53rd District visited the East Los Angeles College (ELAC) First Year Center as well as the brand-new American Job Center of California (AJCC) on October 10, 2019. Assemblymember Santiago was the original author of Assembly Bill 19, which was the start of the College Promise program.
The College Promise program started in 2017 and originally gave one free year of community college to Los Angeles Unified School District High School graduates. Governor Gavin Newsom announced at ELAC on August 29th that program will now be expanded statewide and will provide for two free years of community college to first-time, full-time California students.
Assemblymember Santiago was able to meet ELAC College Promise students in the ELAC First Year Center. This center is home base to all ELAC College Promise students. They can receive tutoring as well as assistance with completing necessary paperwork for the College Promise Program.
“Community college changed my life,” said Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. “It gave me choices and opportunities and it opened doors. I know that free community college will change the lives of all Californians. To educate a community is to empower a community.””
After meeting ELAC College Promise students Assemblymember Santiago was then given a tour of the new AJCC facility on campus. The ELAC AJCC specifically provide students assistance in assessing skills, finding job opportunities, preparing resumes, accessing academic support and more. This specialized AJCC will also allow students to leverage County resources and already existing workforce programs administered by the County of Los Angeles.