ACT | January 20, 2015
On January 20, during his State of the Union speech to Congress and all Americans, President Obama boldly declared America’s community colleges are a gateway for the middle class.
Students who want to get ahead are drowning in debt before they can even gain a footing in our economy, so President Obama’s community college proposal to Congress comes at a pivotal time. America’s College Promise proposal would make two years of community college “free for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and earn skills needed in the workforce at no cost.”
SEIU members believe we need more funding for community colleges as the best source for high value education – in contrast to for-profit colleges that waste billions of public dollars while leaving students with huge bills and little or no education. Following the State of the Union address SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry said in a statement that, “Families should have a fair shot to build a successful future through free community college, student debt relief, and investments in pre-K, primary and secondary education.” Read More