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Obama Wants to Give You Two Years of Community College On the House

The President annnounced his new proposal to help students pay for college.

The tab on our national student loan debt runs at $1.2 trillion. It’s hard to even conceptualize how much money that is. But if anything symbolizes how irreparably broken our educational system is, it’s that amount: $1.2 trillion. U.S. leaders will be dealing with this problem for at least a couple generations but President Obama has just announced a proposal that might be the first step towards a solution: making the first two years of community college free. President Obama made the announcement via a video posted to his Facebook page on Thursday.

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Can Community Colleges Survive the Economic Downturn?

Despite increased demand for education, budget cuts are causing two-year schools to cut back, denying a college education to thousands of students.

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Why College Really Is For Everyone

If we care about the future prospects of our nation's economy, we must embrace the wide range of degrees our system of higher education offers.


“College isn't for everyone.” Who hasn’t heard this line before? But repeating this line is costing our economic future.

One reason it persists is the pernicious assumption that the goal to radically increase the number of college degrees means bachelor's degrees. Not true. The national move to increase college completion very much includes vital associate's degrees and certificates, in addition to four-year bachelor's degrees. Projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that six of the top ten fastest-growing occupations require education or training below the bachelor's degree level—degrees largely conferred by community colleges.

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