The EDUCATE. ELEVATE. podcast shares stories and inspiration from California community college students, alumni, and administrators. Tune in to hear from students who refused to let the challenges in their life or the myths they heard, keep them from becoming leaders and difference makers. You’ll hear inspiring stories of hope and get connected to the resources you need to make your dreams a reality.

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The season one finale is comprised of a series of three episodes focused on the 70th anniversary of the Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional, breaking down barriers and opening doors for a new standard in American education. 
In part one of the series, hear a powerful discussion among some of California's highest-ranking officials and foremost education experts in the state and why the work of empowering and ensuring equity for today’s Black students is far from done. 
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Visiting Executive of Educational Excellence Dr. Abdimalik Buul guides this important conversation with Dr. Shirley Weber, California's first Black Secretary of State and the fifth African American to serve as a state constitutional officer in California's history; Dr. Luke Wood, president of California State University, Sacramento and the youngest permanent president of a four-year public college or university in the nation; Pam Haynes, Board of Governor’s member of the California Community Colleges, and Dr. Adam Clark, the President of the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators, and Mount Diablo Unified School District Superintendent.  Listen now to learn from these inspiring leaders about how California community colleges are working to support Black and African American students and help them reach their higher education goals. Learn more about how you CAN enroll and get the support you need to succeed at

Friday May 03, 2024

More than 200 Career Education degree and certificate programs offered at California's community colleges provide real-life, hands-on training with industry experts, in many fields that can offer opportunities to nearly double your earnings within three years. Learn how one expert inspires Black and African American students to find their passion and land the good-paying career of their dreams. And, you'll also hear an amazing story from a current student who is getting the skills needed to help her become an entrepreneur and small business owner. You CAN turn your passion into a career - it's never too late - you just need to know where to start. Learn more at

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

Unlock your potential with dual enrollment! If you are still in high school or earning your GED, dual enrollment offers a golden opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school or at an adult education school. In this episode, you'll hear from one of California's leading dual enrollment experts about how dual enrollment programs are creating new opportunities for Black students statewide. You'll also hear from another guest, a junior in high school who is already making waves in both academics and athletics thanks to dual enrollment. Her advice to others? Believe in yourself and pursue your dreams fearlessly. You CAN accomplish your dreams - it's never too late - you just need to know where to start. Learn more at

Thursday Apr 04, 2024

If you've ever wanted to know more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), or thought that attending one was out of reach, this is the episode for you. HBCUs provide a unique sense of community, culture, and support that help students thrive in and out of the classroom. Hear how one woman started at her local California community college and took the guaranteed transfer pathway to Bethune-Cookman University to fulfill her dream of attending an HBCU. Learn how other students across California are also finding their way to guaranteed admission at many HBCUs by starting at their local community college. You CAN accomplish your dreams - it's never too late - you just need to know where to start. Learn more at

Friday Mar 22, 2024

No one should have to chase their dreams alone. Hear personal stories of how one special organization inspires Black men to succeed – in and out of the classroom – by providing mentors to guide every step of their journey. Programs like A2MEND, in partnership with California’s community colleges, are helping Black students break down barriers and find safe spaces on campus to build the community, support, and connections they need to succeed. You CAN accomplish your dreams; you just need to know where to start. 
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Thursday Mar 07, 2024

Hear how students are breaking down myths and barriers to find the on-campus community, support, and connections they need to succeed through a unique organization, called Umoja. Umoja, meaning “unity” in Swahili, provides free access to student support services, counseling, scholarships, and most importantly a sense of belonging. Umoja has helped thousands of Black and African American students at California community colleges and is one of many resources available. You CAN accomplish your dreams; you just need to know where to start. Learn more at

Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

Hear how a young man who left high school with a 0.9 GPA still found his way to UC Davis, while another student with a passion for advocacy shares why she believes California community colleges are a “cheat code” for success. Also hear a college president's remarkable story of determination as he refused to settle for "good enough," and his powerful challenge to students today to unlock their full potential. You CAN accomplish your dreams; you just need to know where to start.
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Tuesday Jan 30, 2024

Hear how a young man without a place to call home, and a young woman who grew up in the foster care system, both found hope and a future at their local California community college. Learn how YOU can receive a full range of resources and student support services to help you reach your academic goals. You CAN accomplish your dreams; you just need to know where to start.
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