SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1729, which would allow more high school students to enroll in certain community college courses during the summer, helping students get ahead on college course requirements, passed the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee Tuesday, according to Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita), the bill’s author.
“As a lifelong education advocate, I have seen how to best support our high school students from firsthand experience and the importance of partnering with our local community colleges,” Smith said. “I am proud my AB 1729 broadens the gateways of opportunity, and I will continue to be committed to expanding access to education.”
The bill, sponsored by College of the Canyons, would allow an exception for the 5 percent grade level rule of high-school student enrollment in community college courses. AB 1729 would also help those attending four-year universities so students can take care of general education requirements beforehand.
“It’s my distinct pleasure to carry a district-led bill that will have positive, statewide impact,” Smith said. “As a previous student of College of the Canyons, I know the great value of our community colleges. I am happy to author legislation that will prepare our children for collegiate academic environments and ensure their future success.”
Assemblywoman Christy Smith represents California’s 38th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Agua Dulce, Castaic, Santa Susana Knolls and North San Fernando Valley.