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Block trying to fix degree shortage

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Success finding a job with good pay in the workforce can end in disappointment without a California college degree Senator Marty Block has been trying to build up in the workforce. Block's community college bills that gained support from San Diego state senators in the Sacramento Senate would set up guarantees on student workforce readiness at the local colleges.

Opportunities for graduates to join the California workforce in a position that builds career success goes up for San Diegans willing to earn a 4 year bachelorate degree instead of a 2 year associates degree. California, Block syas, will need one million more bachelorate degrees. His recent community college bill approved in the Senate would open up a bachelors degree program at local community colleges.

Degree credentials needed to fill openings in the growing educated labor market have changed job offers at a fast pace.

“California has a workforce skills gap,” Block said. “By 2025 our state will need one million more adults with four-year degrees. We need to use all of California’s resources – including our community colleges – to close that gap.”

Units earned that count for earning an associates degree, or a certificate, have the potential to make work opportunities better for thousands of California students with graduating units who left college without a degree. WOrkforce entry earnings add up to over 45,000 dollars instead of the 25,000 dollars high school graduates earn. Students earn the needed number of units for a degree, but do not claim the degree. A bill proposed by Block will set up a systemwide graduate tracking system at local community colleges, and, mandate the colleges give students with enough units notice on the degree opportunity. Most community coleges do not track the degrees, and the students who earned enough units for a degree.

A WOmen's Policy Institute group went to Sacramento to talk to legislators about opening up opportunities for students to earn degrees,, and, receive the degree needed to succeed in the workplace. San Diego local Katie Ruiz-Healy, creator of GradGUru, a personal counselor mobile device app that helps students get through college work to graduate, went to the state capitol with the group that supported Senator Block's bill.

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