Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Obama Proposes Expanded Funding for Community Colleges

Obama Proposal Emphasizes Community Colleges -

A Boon to 2-Year Colleges, Affirming Their Value
Published: July 14, 2009

The Obama administration’s proposal to provide $12 billion to community colleges is widely seen by educators as explicit recognition of the two-year colleges’ importance to the economy.

“For years, the Washington conversation about public education has all been about k-12, and increasing access to college,” said Andy Van Kleunen, executive director of The Workforce Alliance, a national group of employers, unions, and education and training providers. “This changes the whole game.”

President Obama’s goal of five million more community college graduates by 2020 would require nearly doubling graduation rates at most community colleges.

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