Michelle Pérez credits her grandparents—who still farm in Fresno County—for inspiring her to seek a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.
Today, Pérez is an undergraduate student recruitment counselor for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. She represents a new wave of children and grandchildren of farmworkers returning to the fields in far different capacities than picking crops.
Health-care benefits have emerged as a battleground for adjunct instructors, who are critical to California’s community colleges and their mission to educate about 1.5 million of the state’s most vulnerable students.
Adjuncts at 39 districts get some health benefits, while 33 districts provide none. That could soon change.