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Douglas B. Houston

Douglas B. Houston

Chancellor, Yuba Community College District

Dr. Douglas B. Houston serves as the Chancellor of the Yuba Community College District (YCCD), his second CEO position in the State of California. Dr. Houston's 36-year career has been in various leadership roles: as commander of various military units, as an administrator to several community colleges, as a Boy Scout leader, and in various leadership roles in his church and community. He currently serves on the California Community Colleges' Economic Development Policy Advisory Committee, the CCLC Advisory Committee on Educational Services (ACES), the ACCCA Board of Directors, the Next Economy Oversight Committee, the Boards of NextEd (the Sacramento area P-20 Council) and SACTO (the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization) and on the Advisory Committees for the U.C. Davis CANDEL and CSU Sacramento doctoral programs. Prior to coming to YCCD, Dr. Houston served as the Superintendent/President of Lassen College in Susanville California, successfully leading the College's accreditation and fiscal recovery. While in Susanville he initiated the development of the Lassen Educational Collaborative, a partnership of education, business and community to establish K-14 seamless transition and improve student success in rural Lassen County, and served on the Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium / Workforce Investment Board and the Lassen Economic Development Council.

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The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office