BARSTOW — A stronger resolution in support of a College Promise Campaign will be drafted by Barstow Community College District Superintendent/President Dr. Deborah DiThomas and will be presented to trustees at their next meeting this month.

The campaign is an effort to launch a one-year pilot program to guarantee community college education for 100 students.

"The K-12 districts, all three of them, their boards have approved resolutions in support of the Barstow College Promise. And the city has approved resolutions in support of establishing a Barstow College Promise," DiThomas told the board during a special meeting Thursday.

"Our Barstow College Promise resolution is more generic. I want to know if the board would consider a new resolution in support of the Barstow College Promise?" she asked.

DiThomas reported the campaign received a $19,000 donation, which will support a writer to apply for a state grant. She said the campaign can apply up to $750,000 as a single college district to support the program.

"Why don't we draft a stronger one, bring it to the board and we will go from there?," Board Clerk Tim Heiden said.

"Would you mind drafting that and send it out to us? And if we have any corrections, we can send it back to you?" Trustee Paul Wilkey asked DiThomas.

"We can bring it back to the next meeting and you can still make changes to it," DiThomas said.

Wilkey has been involved with a committee working on the College Promise Campaign.

"I have proposed a mission statement and vision statement and proposals for funding," Wilkey said.

Members working on the campaign plan to solicit funds from the business community, unions, nonprofit foundations, civic and public service organizations and private donors. These funds will augment what is already provided by federal and state financial aid programs.