Obama, Weingarten push for free community college

Universal, free community college is edging closer and closer to reality. President Obama announced Sept. 9 that his America’s College Promise proposal, a guarantee of two years of free community college for any qualified student, is now backed by a new College Promise campaign and an advisory board of 32 education advocates—including AFT President Randi Weingarten. The board will work with businesses, charities and nonprofits, as well as the colleges themselves, to ensure students get the training, opportunity and education they need to be successful. “For every young person willing to work hard, I want two years of community college to be as free and universal as high school education is today,” said Obama. He launched the campaign at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., where the AFT represents full-time and adjunct faculty. Said Weingarten: “As the largest higher education faculty union in the nation, we are honored to be a part of this board as a means to helping make community college available and free to hardworking students, strengthening our workforce and boosting investment in community colleges.”

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