California Higher Education Policy Institute for Legislators: Focus on Workforce Alignment

California Competes will host the California Higher Education Policy Institute for Legislators: Focus on Workforce Alignment on Wednesday, August 14, 2024 in Sacramento, CA. The main event will take place from 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. with 30 minutes pre- and post-receptions for additional time to connect and continue discussions. For more information, contact AJ Johnson, […]

California Higher Education Policy Institute for Legislative Staff 2024

California Competes hosted its annual California Higher Education Policy Institute for Legislative Staff on Friday, April 26, 2024 in Sacramento, CA. This event is designed to educate and engage legislative staff on timely higher education issues to inform policy efforts. Agenda I. Welcome & Lunch After grabbing lunch and settling in, legislative staff will be […]

The 2024 CalWORKs Association Conference

California Competes CEO Su Jin Jez presented at the CalWorks Conference along with Los Angeles Community College District and student parents to share insights about strengthening financial aid practices around student parent cost of attendance.

California Higher Education Innovation Events at the ASU+GSV Summit

California Competes hosted a series of state-focused events at the annual ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego that aims to bring together higher education leaders, decisionmakers, and tech experts to connect and address the pressing challenges within California’s postsecondary landscape. This included: Sunday, April 14: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Leadership Meeting: Leveraging Tech to Advance California’s […]

CaliforniaAttain! Fall Retreat

  As the research lead for CaliforniaAttain!, California Competes facilitated an all-day convening with our partners from Sacramento State, Shasta College, and ProjectAttain! to discuss findings from 50+ student interviews and recommendations for institutions to better support comebackers. Findings will be shared via a publication later this year.

Forging Equitable Futures for Student Parents: A Statewide Summit

In September, Michelson 20MM Foundation hosted “Forging Equitable Futures for Student Parents: A Statewide Summit.” California Competes co-hosted the event’s welcome reception with Education Trust – West to soft-launch the California Alliance for Student Parent Success, a coalition focused on supporting student parents through research, policy, advocacy, capacity building and community engagement. During the summit, […]

LA Regional Consortium (LARC) Workforce Council CEO Retreat

In August, Su Jin served as the keynote speaker for the LA Regional Consortium (LARC) Workforce Council CEO Retreat, where she shared innovative strategies to improve higher education and workforce alignment and bridge equity gaps. Read the recap of this event here.

CaliforniaAttain! Summer Retreat

In June, CaliforniaAttain! partners (California Competes, ProjectAttain!, Sacramento State, and Shasta College) convened for its annual retreat to strategize and align our efforts to better serve Californians with some college but no degree. Learn more about this work here.

Compton College 2023 Commencement Ceremony

California Competes CEO Dr. Su Jin Jez served as the keynote speaker at Compton College’s 2023 Commencement Ceremony. Watch her full speech here. “Your power lies within who you are as individuals and the unique, personal experiences that have shaped you… Claim your story. When you do, you create a future that is filled with […]

Los Angeles 2nd District Community Colleges (LA2CCC) Career Readiness Pilot Convening

As part of our LA2CCC project, focused on enhancing career readiness within Los Angeles County’s 2nd supervisorial district, we brought together all five partners, including Compton College, El Camino College, Los Angeles Southwest College, West Los Angeles College, and Holly Mitchell’s workforce development team, to identify a set of challenges and opportunities related to career […]

Ascend’s #CollaborativeAction for #StudentParents Convening

Dr. Su Jin Jez, California Competes CEO participated in the following session at Ascend’s annual student parent ecosystem convening, Collaborative Action for Student Parent: Making Measures: Encouraging State and Federal Governments to Establish Student Parent Data Mandates and Attainment Goals Elevating student parents on government agendas takes dedicated effort and sophistication in navigating multiple systems. […]

California Higher Education Policy Institute for Legislative Staff 2023

California Competes hosted its third annual California Higher Education Policy Institute for Legislative Staff on Friday, May 5, 2023 in Sacramento, CA. This event was designed to educate and engage legislative staff on key higher education issues that are crucial to informing state policymaking. For copies of the event materials, please click here or the relevant […]