The Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) was formed for the purpose of providing advocacy for facilities issues and providing critical information and services to community college districts and their business partners on facility matters.
CCFC provides a strong voice before the State Legislature and Administration on facilities issues of concern to the community colleges.
Our major purpose is to advocate for adequate State and local revenues for facility construction and to provide comprehensive information regarding community college construction and funding issues. Our highest priorities are:
- Increasing the funding level provided for community college capital outlay
- Modifying the approval process to permit quicker approval and construction of needed facilities.
- Providing information to districts regarding changes and new requirements in the approval process.
- Identifying alternative funding sources for community college facilities.
- Supporting legislation for a majority vote approval of local bonds.
It is our aim to include as many colleges as possible as members of the Coalition, as well as those business entities which are involved in the community college facility process. With the membership of college presidents, facilities specialists and business entities, we believe a formidable alliance can be forged.
CCFC was actively involved in raising campaign funds for Proposition 1A on the November 1998 General Election ballot. Our efforts combined with CSU, UC and K-12 enabled use to secure passage by the largest majority ever on a bond with higher education funding.
With the passage of Proposition 39 in the November 7, 2000 General Election, we expect that local financing will become a more integral part of the community college facility financing matrix. CCFC co-hosted a workshop on the implementation of Proposition 39 in San Diego in January 2001.
CCFC has also established an Issues Committee for the purpose of maintaining a permanent statewide bond campaign financing source. The Board of Directors has established a $1.0 million goal to be reached over the next two years.
The Coalition holds its annual meeting in November, and usually meets periodically during regular meetings of the Community College League of California (CCLC) in order to minimize travel costs for community college personnel.
From a handful of community college presidents in the spring of 1993, a substantial organization of 128 members has been formed. At the present time we have a membership of 52 community college districts (out of a possible 71) and approximately the same number of private sector companies.
We believe membership in this Coalition is important to your facility program.