RALLY TODAY URGES GOVERNOR TO SIGN BLOCK'S BILL ALLOWING COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO OFFER SOME 4-YEAR DEGREES

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By Miriam Raftery

September 4, 2014 (San Diego) – Educators and business leaders plan a rally today at 10:30 to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 850, a bill by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees in areas where a local workforce need for the degree program can be demonstrated. The bill arrived at the governor’s office on Aug. 28, and he has 30 days from receipt of the measure to approve or veto the legislation.

The rally is planned at SeaBotix, a manufacturer of mini-remotely operated vehicle systems with underwater expertise, and will include a demonstration of how the facility could benefit from the bill.

Those in support will include  Senator Marty Block; San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance Carroll, Ph.D; San Diego Unified School Superintendent Cindy Marten; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jerry Sanders; Larry Blumberg, Executive Director, San Diego Military Advisory Council; SeaBotix President Rick Timm; and students.