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Ohlone mulls job training bond measure
By Fremont Bulletin Staff.
Thursday, July 29, 2010—Reprinted from Mercury News.
Ohlone Community College announced that two-thirds of respondents in a survey of voters in the college district agreed that they would support an Ohlone College job training bond measure if placed on the ballot this November.
In a survey conducted in June by the opinion research firm FM3 Research, a potential bond measure garnered support from 67 percent of voters in the Tri-City community. These results represent a significant increase in support from a preliminary opinion surveys conducted last year, and are well over the 55 percent threshold needed for a bond measure to pass.
"I'm extremely gratified by the strong support in our community for access to affordable education during the toughest economic conditions ever faced by this generation," said Ohlone College President Gari Browning. "Our community understands the need for Ohlone to continue to provide affordable education, job training, and re-training during these difficult economic times. With events like the closing of NUMMI, our community needs Ohlone College more than ever. We are committed to making the necessary and essential upgrades to our campus to continue meeting student and community needs."
The survey found that 88 percent of respondents agreed with the statement "Ohlone College provides an affordable education for students preparing to transfer to UC and other state university systems."
Survey respondents placed high priorities on the need to improve campus safety, disabled access, and technology in a proposed bond measure.
"A local bond measure will address current and future demand for affordable, accessible education by increasing Ohlone's enrollment capacity by 25 percent over the next 15 years," Browning said. "Due to the increased demands for Ohlone College's classes, hundreds of students have been turned away recently. At the same time, budget cuts have forced a 50 percent reduction in the number of summer school classes."
The Ohlone College Board of Trustees is reviewing the final results of the community survey and will consider placing a local bond measure on the November 2010 ballot.