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Members of the California Community Colleges board take on a controversial subject today: how to best get students to focus on the goal of moving out of the classroom and into the workforce.

"Don't just be a professional student," Chancellor Jack Scott said last week, as The Bee's Laurel Rosenhall reports in this Capitol Alert post.

Board members will discuss the Student Success Task Force's draft report, which recommends that the students' main goal should be, well, completing their goals and the system needs to help them do just that.

One of the recommendations? The community colleges should set up a statewide assessment system so that students can take classes at different colleges after taking one placement test.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the state Capitol's Room 4203. The draft report is listed on the meeting agenda after lunch. Click here to read more about the task force.

Meanwhile, two local members of Congress are in California. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, will attend two groundbreaking ceremonies at Cosumnes River College, for its Winn Center for Architecture and Construction and for its new parking structure.

And Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, will be joining a panel discussion at the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research about why such research matters. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the International House, 10 College Park, off Russell Boulevard.

LEGISLATIVE RECESS: Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, presents an oversized check this afternoon to GreenHouse, a nonprofit after school program in Sacramento. The $2,500 donation comes from the nonpartisan Capitol Network.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Belated birthday wishes to Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, who turned 37 on Saturday, and to Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, who turned 41 on Sunday.


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