Historic College Service Program Comes to Inland Empire Colleges, Universities

February 4, 2022
February 4, 2022 Isabelle Prittie

Historic College Service Program Comes to Inland Empire Colleges, Universities

CalState San Bernardino, San Bernardino Valley College, Riverside City College and UC Riverside are among the 45 colleges and universities selected as inaugural partners for California Volunteers, a service-based college opportunity program, and the largest state-level investment in a college service program in California history.

#CaliforniansForAll College Corps will provide up to 6,500 college students over two academic years with service opportunities in critical issue areas such as climate action, K-12 education, and COVID-19 recovery. Students who complete a year of service will receive $10,000 while gaining valuable experience serving in their communities. This program will unite young Californians of all backgrounds in service, and, for the first time, specifically creates state-funded opportunities for AB 540 eligible Dreamers to serve their communities. 

Nearly four million Californians owe $147 billion in student debt with Black and Latino Californians facing the highest rates of default and delinquency. Governor Newsom has prioritized the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps as part of an effort to lead the nation in service-centered paths, relieving the debt burden on our recent graduates while moving the state forward with service-focused careers.

“The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps creates service opportunities for community college graduates that support our communities while creating career pathways for our graduates,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Community college partnerships selected in this inaugural group of grantees include deploying our students to feed those who rely on our food banks. I’m heartened to see the Governor’s initiative recognizes the value of investing in community college students, who have tremendous gifts to offer through their service and future leadership.” 

Read the complete press release HERE.

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