|Assemblyman Marty Block and panel members at Grossmont College|
Assemblyman Marty Block gave his thoughts on California education and answered a wide range of questions about community colleges from students and faculty during a visit to Grossmont College on Tuesday.
Block, chairman of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, was invited to the campus by Grossmont journalism professor Don Harrison.
Block said that California community colleges still provide a quality education for students despite budget cuts that have limited the number of classes offered and raised student fees.
“I think California in general, and Grossmont-Cuyamaca in particular, still manages to do an incredible amount with very little resources,” Block said. “Quality education is not a problem in California. I would put our community colleges up against any like institutions in the country in terms of quality.”
Block, an assemblyman for three years, has long been involved with education. He worked as a former professor, dean and director at San Diego State University and served for eight years as president of the San Diego Community College District board of trustees.
Block said he became involved in politics at the urging of students in a leadership class he taught at San Diego State University. Their work on his first campaign for the county Board of Education showed the impact that students can have, he said.
“Students have a lot of power if they funnel it in the right direction,” Block said.