President Obama proposed two years of free community college for American workers at a speech delivered last Friday in Tennessee. “Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for anybody who’s willing to work for it,” he said aboard Air Force One amid a three-state tour to preview his State of the Union Address. “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anyone in the world.” The White House anticipates that approximately 9 million students will participate in this program, the cost of which would be nearly $70 billion, with the federal government paying three quarters of the cost. Named the “America’s College Promise Program,” would support traditional and non-traditional students seeking the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, or even just job training. Obama said a world-class education starts with children, but that adults need training as well in order to be competitive globally.
Contributor: Johanna Hartman