President Obama to Propose Free Community College Plan

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Central High School, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Phoenix, about the recovering housing sector. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Central High School, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Phoenix, about the recovering housing sector.
(Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)

President Obama will propose two years of free community college for American workers in Tennessee on Friday, as part of his three-state tour this week to preview his State of the Union Address.

Obama teased his community college proposal in a video uploaded to Facebook Thursday. More details will be announced by the White House Thursday night.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Obama said a world-class education starts with children, but that adults need training, too. “It’s not just for kids, we also have to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits.”

The White House said the America’s College Promise proposal could save eligible students $3,800 a year in tuition.

SOURCE: USA Today – Gregory Korte

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