Sept. 7, 2017: LA SENTINEL - Education First! For LACCD President Sydney Kamlager-Dove

September 07, 2017

The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is a parable that resonates with many in our community, particularly with Sydney Kamlager-Dove, elected president of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) for Board of Trustees. LACCD is the largest community college district in the nation and it has positioned Dove in “Seat 3” on the Board.

The second Black woman elected president of the Board since its inception, Dove is passionate about the significance of education and the community. She feels Southern California deserves a healthy educational system that works for the college community and looks to help LACCD improve a system that doesn’t always work for urban communities. “There hasn’t been a female or Black president on the board in about 20 years. It’s great to show diversity on the board in terms of leadership on the board,” exclaims Kamlager-Dove.

She is the district director for Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-30) and is responsible for strategic operations including legislative and constituent initiatives. Dove is the Commissioner on the L.A. County Commission on Children and Families for District 2.  Committed and caring, Dove continues to advocate and service the community for a better education.

Proven to be more than qualified for the job, Dove has worked over 20 years in the private, public, non-profit, entertainment, and policy sectors. She continues to create programs and resources that connect the community to accessible businesses, educational and financial programs. Her work, accomplishments throughout her career as well investment in students and her leadership in the community shows an undying commitment to the Los Angeles Community College District.

Dove’s agenda on education explains her innovative initiatives, programs and plans that implement programs that will foster success among college students looking to further their education at community colleges and beyond.

“We are excited this year to be kicking off L.A. College Promise; it is in response to former president Obama’s national call to make community college tuition free for students. L.A. College Promise is in partnership with L.A. Unified School District and is starting this fall for all graduates of LAUSD, who will receive one year of free tuition to any of our nine colleges,” she reveals on her initiatives for college students.

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