With 115 campuses and more than 2.1 million students, the California Community College system is the largest higher education system in the country. On this episode, we take a look at some of Southern California’s community colleges, the role they play and the challenges some students face from food insecurity to finding child care.

California’s Community College Chancellor, Eloy Ortiz Oakley, attended Golden West College before transferring on to UC Irvine. He talks about how he made the decision to attend a community college and what his experience meant for him.

The Chancellor appears in the documentary UNLIKELY, which follows the experience of several community college students, he talks about what the system means for students and what some of the barriers are for students who are trying to graduate or transfer.

Almost 40,000 students from 57 California community colleges said they had experienced food insecurity over the past 30 days, according to a recent report. One company has teamed up with a number of colleges to change that. Everytable CEO, Sam Polk, and Compton College President and CEO, are bringing healthy, affordable food to South LA students.

Three current community college students, Blossom Adanike from El Camino College, Dereck Williams from Long Beach City College and Vanessa Natera from Cypress College, join the show to talk about why they chose to go to a community college, some of the challenges they face and what their favorite parts are about the schools.

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