While the newly elected Republican Congress is busy punching at shadows and wasting time with symbolic votes on crazy bills that will go nowhere, the President is actually doing some solid work. And it looks like our POTUS has come up with another great idea that will make a major change in this country for the better. Obama’s new proposal is to make two years of Community College FREE for responsible students across the country. He says that he wants to make Community Colleges as universal and as accessible as today’s high schools.
“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. 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 BENEFITS OF THIS PROPOSAL-
If all 50 states decide to implement the President’s new Community College plan, it will:
- Save every full-time Community College student an average of $3,800 in tuition each year
- Benefit roughly 9 Million students every year
Under President Obama’s new proposal, American students will be able to earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce…all at NO COST to them.
THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS PROPOSAL-
- Student requirements- Students must attend a Community College at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
- Community Colleges requirements- 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.
THE ROLE OF 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
- Accommodate part time work
The White House has not yet released the total cost or funding of this new plan but President Obama promises to explain all of the details in his upcoming State of the Union speech on January 20. The President will also submit a budget request on February 2.
Based on the numbers already provided, the White House expects approximately 9 Million students to participate in this new plan and each of them will save about $3,800 each year. That means that the overall cost of this program would be somewhere around $32.4 Billion. And Obama proposes that three quarters of that cost will be covered by the federal government. The other quarter will be picked up by the individual states.