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President Calls to Modernize Community Colleges

July 13, 2009

We believe it’s time to reform our community colleges so that they provide Americans of all ages a chance to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to compete for the jobs of the future. Our community colleges can serve as 21st-century job training centers, working with local businesses to help workers learn the skills they need to fill the jobs of the future. We can reallocate funding to help them modernize their facilities, increase the quality of online courses and ultimately meet the goal of graduating 5 million more Americans from community colleges by 2020. Barack Obama, “Rebuilding Something Better

President Obama had an article, “Rebuilding Something Better,” published  in the Washington Post on Sunday, July 12, 2009. The above quote is, to me, the crux of his editorial.  Two year colleges are what our colleagues in the business world call “price performers.”  The term “bang for the buck” is also relevant.

County and two year colleges offer a tremendously affordable tuition rate to their local residents. Why? The tuition is subsidized by the state, the federal government, and the local community or county. Two years at a community college can cost a few thousand dollars. Considering those same two years — to earn the same credits — can cost $80,000 at a private four year school, it’s no surprise students are turning to the county colleges out of both necessity and choice.

In an economy where jobs requiring at least an associate’s degree are projected to grow twice as fast as jobs requiring no college experience, it’s never been more essential to continue education and training after high school. Barack Obama, “Rebuilding Something Better

We are eager to see the details of how the President will help the community colleges with reallocated funding to help not only our citizens, but our country, better prepare for the future.

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