In East LA, Gov. Newsom promotes expansion of free tuition at CA community colleges

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

EAST LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom made a stop at East Los Angeles College to promote the expansion of a free tuition program at community colleges.

Diana Villafana, a first-generation college student, just found out she qualifies for a second year of free tuition under the expansion of the program known as California College Promise. She called it a relief.

"I come from an immigrant family. I didn't want my parents to worry about that," she said.

She is beginning a long path toward a big dream. After participating in a Relay for Life event, she decided to pursue oncology.

"I know it's going to be difficult but it's in my heart. I want to help them,' Villafana said.

Newsom was joined Thursday by the author of the original bill, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago.