Saturday: Panel discussion on student readiness for college work


With an increasing number of jobs requiring four-year college degrees, with public spending on education not keeping pace with the demand, and with 80 percent of community college students reported to need remedial English or math courses before they can begin college-level work, the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County will host a Saturday morning panel discussion in Woodside about educating California's future workforce.

The event takes place from 9:15 a.m. to noon on March 12 at Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road. The public is invited.

The three-person panel comprises Karen Schwarz, who sits on the governing board of the San Mateo County Community College District; Brooke Marquart, a San Mateo High School student who's also taking college classes; and Jon Kitamura, an associate professor of English in the college district and the coordinator of the Puente Project -- a "bridge" to assist Hispanic students in earning degrees from four-year universities and returning to their communities as leaders and mentors.

Statewide, the League of Women Voters is studying access to higher education in California public schools, according to a League statement. Along with the issue of student readiness for college are questions around funding, affordability, equity, and barriers to and opportunities for student success.

Dave Boyce

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