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.
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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