Governor Says “Yes” to Streamlining Community College Credits for Military Personnel and Veterans

September 19, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, military personnel and veterans planning to go to college celebrated a major victory. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senator Richard D. Roth’s Senate Bill 1071, which streamlines the education opportunities for military personnel and veterans at community colleges.

“Men and women who step up to serve this country should not have to worry about their access to education. This bill guarantees their opportunity to enhance and expand their skill base as they transition from a life in uniform,” said Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside). “I am proud to help put the finishing touches on this piece of legislation that my former colleague, Senator Josh Newman worked so hard on.”

To one man in particular, James Cahill, Governor Brown’s signature could not mean more. Cahill, who served in the United States Air Force, was inspired to create the bill after his son, Sergeant Jay Cahill, was forced to retake several classes.

“Signing this bill was the right thing to do. It is a well-deserved reward for so many men and women who answer the call to serve our country,” said James Cahill. “This bill is a way for those honorable few to save their GI Bill money that can be used toward post graduate work to further their professional employment.”

Many members of the military seek to further their education when returning to civilian life. When enrolling in the California Community College system, they often find it difficult to predict what coursework credits they may already be entitled to based off of their previous military training and experience. SB 1071 streamlines that transitional process.

Senator Roth continued: “It is important to recognize the critical skill set our military members and veterans gain by virtue of their service. This bill honors their willing sacrifice by doing just that.”

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Senator Richard D. Roth represents the 31st State Senate District, which includes the communities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, March Air Reserve Base, Moreno Valley, Norco, Perris and Riverside. Prior to his election, he served for 32 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2007 in the grade of Major General.