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JENKINS STATE COLLEGE LEADER LOCAL TRUSTEE'S RESPONSIBILITY WIDENS TO INCLUDE 72 DISTRICTS THROUGH BOARD.

Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer

VALENCIA - College of the Canyons trustee Michele Jenkins has been named president of the Community College League of California, an advisory board representing 72 community college districts and 109 colleges statewide.

``I'm glad to serve,'' Jenkins said Tuesday. ``It's interesting to work with the other districts to see how they deal with challenges everyone is facing.''

The league answers to the appointed Board of Governors of the Community Colleges, a gubernatorial cabinet of educators and business leaders who work with the Legislature on educational issues facing the colleges.

``Even though there are only 21 trustees in the league, we've parceled it out to maintain communication with all the schools,'' Jenkins said. ``I not only represent College of the Canyons, but also make sure that Kern County and Antelope Valley colleges are in the loop.''

Jenkins said the primary issue facing the league is the need to stabilize funding for community colleges in light of the state's budget crisis.

``College of the Canyons has managed to be responsive to the community,'' she said. ``It's our job to secure better, more stable funding for all community colleges. Right now, the colleges are trying to get whatever they can manage from Proposition 98 funds, but there needs to be something more stable and predictable.''

``We (community colleges) are the biggest bang for the buck in terms of students served,'' she concluded.

Jenkins has first-hand experience in the community college system, attending College of the Canyons the year it opened before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles, for her bachelor's degree. She got her master's degree at the University of North Dakota. She has served on the College of the Canyons board for 20 years and was elected to the California Community Colleges Trustee Board nearly 10 years ago.

In her role as president of the Community College League of California, she will represent the league and community colleges with the Legislature, state boards and commissions, as well as the public.

``Michele Jenkins has worked tirelessly and extremely effectively in her leading role as a Santa Clarita Community College District trustee,'' College of the Canyons President Dianne Van Hook said in a prepared statement. ``She has uncommon passion and commitment. She is the right person at the right time with the right experience to assume this very important leadership position. Colleges and students statewide will benefit from her integrity, courage, vision, perspective, energy and ability to get things done.''

Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252

carol.rock(at)dailynews.com
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