Thursday, January 8

President Obama proposes two years of FREE community college

President Obama has just proposed two years of free community college from aboard Air Force One.

The catch is you have to be willing to work for it. ‪

As our nation and global economy move forward we will need the skills to compete. An estimated 35% of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree 2020. Another 30% will require some college or at least an associate's degree. Thats just 5 years from now. Students should be able to get the basic knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.

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The requirements:

What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.

What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either:
1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or
2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.

What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

Expanding technical training programs:
President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities, provide accelerated training and Accommodate part-time work.

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