Free Community College Not a New Idea

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More affordable community college could increase access to job training and education. ISTOCKPHOTO In 1947, a group of education leaders recommended to then-President Harry Truman that education should be both universal and free, from kindergarten through the community college level, as a way to improve access and affordability to higher education. “It is obvious, that free and universal access to …

Obama Wants Students Trained for ‘In-Demand’ Jobs

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President Barack Obama visits a class at Bladensburg High School on Monday in Bladensburg, Md., where he announced 24 recipients of $107 million in Youth CareerConnect grants intended to help better prepare students for higher education.  BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES The Obama administration on Monday announced two new initiatives aimed at better training students for “in-demand jobs of the future” at both …