Strengthening California's Workforce

Founded by governors, we are the largest nonprofit university in the U.S. We lead education and workforce innovation across the country. We want to help your state achieve its workforce goals.


WGU serves more than 12,000 full-time students in California. More than 70% of WGU students are classified as underserved in one or more categories, including rural residents, low-income learners, first-generation students, and students of color.

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Government Relations:
Melissa Luke Mitton & Chris Bonnell

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Data from WGU Institutional Research (2020), WGU Student Services (2020), & the College Board (2020).

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For more information about the California Adult Learner (CAL) Network and how you can support the Adult Learner Workforce Opportunity Grant, visit

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Chris Bonnell

Vice President of External Relations

Chris Bonnell serves as the Vice President of External Relations for Western Governors University. Chris has decades of experience in higher education external relations with a focus on state and local legislative affairs. Chris is an established public policy leader in the fields of competency-based education and psychology, with a focus on issues of mental health and providing solutions/services. He is also passionate about philanthropic leadership and work that ensures the needs of the community are met in a thoughtful, solution-based manner. Chris holds a law degree from Hamline University School of Law and is a graduate of Concordia College. In his personal life, Chris is passionate about hockey and a board member of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation, an annual award given to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s ice hockey player.


In establishing state-specific WGU affiliates, WGU students become eligible for state scholarships. State affiliations also give students an easier path to transfer local state or community college credits, allowing them to complete their WGU degree more quickly.

The average annual salary increase for a WGU graduate is $21,800 within four years of graduation. That’s almost double the national average. With an average tuition of $7,000 a year, students are typically able to recoup their investment in their education within two years.

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