Feb 19, 2014 5:43 PM
North State Assemblyman Dan Logue has re-introduced the Affordable College Act. The legislation will allow a student to receive a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) in 18 months, The pilot-program is a partnership with the University of California and California State University systems, California Community Colleges and high schools.
Assemblyman Logue re-introduced the legislation this year as AB 1924 and AB 1925. Logue , the Chief Republican Whip says a few changes were made to increase flexibility for participating institutions within the pilot program.
The bill aims to reduce the cost of college for students studying math and science by capping the total cost of earning a bachelor’s degree at $20,000 for the U.C. system with the goal of enabling students to graduate within three years.
Last year, the Affordable College Act received national recognition and carried the support of Microsoft Corporation. In his 2013 State of the Union, President Barack Obama called upon states to find solutions like these bills, which would better prepare students in high school to acquire a degree in these technical fields. Logue says students will have a better opportunity to enter into competitive fields, which are currently being filled by individuals from other countries. Another 85,000 H-1B Visas were issued in 2013, which are visas typically reserved for individuals in the STEM fields who immigrate to America. The first hearing on AB 1924 and AB 1925 will be in 31 days.
Assemblyman Logue represents the 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes communities in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama, and Yuba.