California, home to a quarter of the nation's community college students, could reap huge benefits from President Obama's $8 billion plan to pair local businesses and schools.
Bay Area community colleges are expected to compete for the money aimed at teaching students the skills they need to fill job opportunities in their regions.
"The initiative is definitely competitive, which does mean that California will get a large portion of the funds," said David Baime, senior vice president for Government Relations and Research at the American Community College Association.
The proposal comes as the state's community colleges face a $149 million deficit, which is forcing difficult cuts in a system that serves 2.9 million Californians on more than 100 campuses.
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