OCC finished a grant funded by the State that provided $35,000 to plan a Z degree pathway. The intent of a Z degree is to create an opportunity for a student to get a degree or certificate without any textbook costs. We were recently awarded a new grant to pursue implementation of a ZTC Certificate of Achievement in Architectural Design 1. Please contact Lori Cassidy for more information about this program.
SB1359 requires all California Community Colleges to indicate on their online course schedule which classes use zero-cost textbooks by Jan. 2018. We are asking all faculty who have zero textbook costs associated with their classes to fill out this form. You can find more information on the California Legislature's website. Please contact Melissa Broox for questions about this process.
The goal of College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 (AB 798) is to save college students money by empowering professors and local campuses to adopt high quality, free and open educational resources for courses materials.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free educational resources that are in the public domain or are licensed for use and repurposing by others. Under AB 798, they may also include library resources, as well as other resources that are free of cost and legally available to students. Such materials include: