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After dropping out of high school and living in his car in a Santa Barbara City College parking lot, Das Williams eventually found his way to the Admissions Office and enrolled in classes. The decision laid the foundation for the rest of his life. The California State Assemblymember representing the 37th district, graduated from SBCC with an Associate’s of Arts degree in political science in 1993.

He then transferred to UC Santa Barbara, where he earned both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees. Williams now chairs the Higher Education Committee in the State Assembly and is vocal in his belief that community colleges play a prominent role in the local community and in the state’s economy.

“Before SBCC, no one had given me a chance,” Williams said. “SBCC made sure that I did not get lost in the shuffle.”

Author: Juliana Minsky


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