Campus: CSU Chancellor's Office -- October 7, 2005

Assemblyman Tran Partners with CSU to Coordinate Outreach Efforts

Community Forum Aim is to Increase Enrollment of Vietnamese-Americans Into Higher Education

Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Costa Mesa) was the keynote speaker at a community forum hosted by California State University (CSU) Chancellor Charles B. Reed to increase enrollment of Vietnamese-American students into the CSU system.

"I am excited to be a part of this great event and applaud Chancellor Reed for his effort to improve outreach to the growing ethnic communities in California," said Tran. "As a graduate of California's fine public education system, I understand the importance of a quality education and its impact on the workforce."

More than 100 people attended the forum, including local elected officials, community leaders, activists, and members of the media.

Community members and the panel discussed many barriers facing the Vietnamese-American community including language difficulty and cultural isolation.

Suggestions made included creation of a 4-year Vietnamese Linguistics degree to be offered at a CSU campus.

The California State University system is the largest public education institution in the nation with 23 campuses stretching from San Diego to Humboldt. 20% of its students belong to the Asian-American community.

Contact: Paul G. Hegyi, office of Assemblyman Van Tran (68th District), (916) 215-9842

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