Those who know me know that I’m a fiscally prudent, conservative business owner opposed to big government. It is precisely for those reasons that I’m supporting Yes on Q, which benefits Solano Community College.
Devastating budget cuts have a significant impact on Solano College’s ability to deliver high quality, affordable education to active military, veterans and students who need it. For our economy and business community to recover and be well positioned in today’s environment, we need a well-trained work force, and our Solano and Yolo County students must be prepared to compete for available jobs.
Schools must not only decide what classes to cut or programs to keep, but what basic upkeep to perform. If you read the recent Daily Republic article on Solano College’s “aging, limited facilities,” you are familiar with what I am talking about. Crammed classrooms and out-of-date science labs are not suitable when we need to train the next generation of Solano/Yolo students and leaders.
The reality is that we cannot rely on Sacramento politicians to adequately fund our local college. We must help ourselves, exercise local control over how taxpayer dollars are spent, and take steps to position our local students and future workers effectively. Without Measure Q, Solano College will not be able to expand access to the critical education and job training programs our communities desperately need.
Yes on Q ensures that local students have access to affordable education prior to transferring to university, helping students and parents save money on their way to a student’s four-year degree.
Yes on Q expands training and education locally in automotive technology, nursing, firefighting, engineering, health sciences, clean energy and other career technical fields. Our residents, and especially our returning war veterans at Travis Air Force base, need access to these programs for critical job training and re-training in new fields.
Funds from Solano College’s previous bond measure built the Vallejo and Vacaville education centers, increasing convenient student access to affordable college courses and services in their local communities. Measure Q will continue to expand access to courses locally, so students in all our communities get their fair share of quality, affordable education and job training services.
Measure Q legally requires that all funds raised stay in our community, ensuring local control and sufficient funds to address our education and job training needs. The bond requires a citizen’s oversight committee, annual independent audits, and no money can be spent on administrators’ salaries or pensions. And not a dime can be taken by Sacramento!
It is clear to me that if we want all of Solano County and our region to thrive, we must invest in our local community college ourselves. Measure Q is the right decision. Measure Q is an investment in the people of our community and in Solano College for decades to come.
Vote yes on Q.
Herman Rowland Sr. is CEO of Jelly Belly Candy Company in Fairfield. Reach him at 428-2809.