Author: Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland (Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland)

Breland: Community college in a post-pandemic world

What if I told you there was a single organization designed to fight income inequality; produce the next generation of first responders, teachers, scientists and high-tech workers; fight hunger and housing insecurity; register voters; develop individuals into civil rights and social justice leaders; and serve as a social hub for entire communities? In the South...

Breland: Community colleges face challenges, opportunities as COVID recovery continues

Historically, community college enrollment is highly correlated with the strength of the job market: enrollment generally increases during challenging times for workers and declines when jobs are plentiful and the opportunity cost of going to school is high. Community college enrollment in the U.S. peaked at the end of the last recession in 2010, then...

Breland: Preparing a strong workforce

Economic insecurity is a major burden for millions of Californians, including hundreds of thousands in our own community. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, more than one-third of state residents live in or near poverty. In fact, as a nation, when it comes to social mobility, the United States is stuck in first...

Breland: The economic benefit of community colleges

Community colleges have always been a sound financial investment, not only for the students who are able to obtain high-quality education and training at a fraction of the cost of most four-year universities, but also for the communities they serve. A uniquely American idea, community colleges have been called “the Ellis Island of the middle...

Breland: Creating a better normal

When San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo convened the Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was honored to have been invited to participate. While the challenge was daunting, the work that the roundtable was charged with was vital to our region’s ability to weather the worst impacts of the...

Breland: Legislation would expand bachelor’s degree opportunities at community colleges

A bill introduced in February and currently making its way through the California Legislature would make permanent a pilot program allowing community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees. The bill would expand the program beyond the 15 schools included in the pilot to all community colleges in the state. Bipartisan Assembly Bill 927, introduced by Assemblymembers...

Breland: Biden’s education plan opens doors for millions

For higher education leaders—particularly those in community colleges—there is much to be optimistic about in President Joe Biden’s “Plan for Education Beyond High School.” The plan is designed to make postsecondary education more accessible and more affordable in order to help millions of Americans obtain the skills and training needed to secure living-wage jobs and...

Breland: Newsom makes good investment in community colleges, workplace development

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently unveiled a $227.2 billion budget proposal, launching a six-month process that will culminate in the Legislature passing the state’s 2021-2022 fiscal year budget by June 15. The proposal is a record for California and comes as the state’s economy shows more resilience and a stronger recovery than many analysts anticipated when...