dcsimg
You are here:

Obama Administration Proposes $12 Billion Toward Community Colleges

The United States' community colleges have been getting a lot of love from the Obama administration in the past week: last Wednesday Dr. Jill Biden (wife of Vice-President Joe Biden) praised community colleges as models for other countries and as vital tools for overcoming the economic crisis, and over the weekend President Obama stressed the importance of career training in securing a career with a future. Even as far back as February, USA Today notes our president urging all Americans to complete at least one year of post high school training. Now, his administration is putting its money where its mouth is.

In a speech yesterday, at Macomb Community College in Michigan, President Barack Obama announced his "American Graduation Initiative," a proposal that plans to support and strengthen the nation's community colleges by investing $12 billion over the next decade to aid them in teaching and training students for "jobs of the future." According to The Chicago Tribune, a quarter of the funds will be allotted towards renovation, construction, and expanding online education opportunities. The rest will go toward "challenge grants," for schools to use to improve their course designs, try out new programs, or expand their counseling and training divisions.

The initiative is expensive, but the costs do not come without a blueprint. President Obama plans to cut wasteful spending and putting the emphasis on expanding Pell Grants and reforming the country's student loan system. In his speech he stated: "We pay for this plan -- this isn't adding to the deficit; we're paying for this plan -- by ending the wasteful subsidies we currently provide to banks and private lenders for student loans... That will save tens of billions of dollars over the next 10 years. Instead of lining the pockets of special interests, it's time this money went towards the interests of higher education in America."

According to the New York Times, over six million students enroll each year at the nation's 1,200 community colleges -- yet each year only 295,000 earn a vocational certificate, and an even smaller 555,000 earn an associate degree. With this initiative, President Obama hopes to double those rates, graduating five million more students from community colleges by 2020.

Search Schools

      
Matching School Ads
  • University of Maryland at College Park

    Study online with University of Maryland at College Park.

    Programs

    • MBA - Information Systems & Business Analytics
    • MBA - General
    • MBA - Marketing
    • More...
    Location:
    College Park: , College Park MD 20742
    University of Maryland at College Park Request Info »
  • Penn Foster

    Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

    Programs

    • Home Health Aide
    • Security Guard
    • Veterinary Assistant
    • More...
    Location:
    Scranton: , Scranton PA 18515
    Penn Foster Request Info »
  • Washington State University

    Get your career started with training from Washington State University.

    Programs

    • Executive MBA
    • MBA
    Location:
    Pullman: , Pullman WA
    Washington State University Request Info »
  • George Mason University

    Located in Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason University is the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Programs

    • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Master of Business Administration: Business Analytics Specialization
    • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • More...

    Location: Online

    George Mason  University Request Info »
  • South University, Online Programs

    As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

    Programs

    • Nurse Educator (PGC)
    • Nursing (RN to BSN)
    • Specialization in Nursing Informatics (RN to MSN)
    • More...
    Location:
    Savannah: 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah GA 31406
    South University, Online Programs Request Info »
  • Liberty University

    100% Online & No Standardized Testing

    Programs

    • Doctor of Education: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
    • Doctor of Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
    • M.Div: Homiletics
    • More...
    Location:
    Lynchburg: 1971 University Blvd,, Lynchburg VA 24515
    Liberty University Request Info »
  • Columbia International University

    For nearly a century, Columbia International University has educated people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. 

    Programs

    • Bachelor of Science in Business
    • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
    • Associate of Arts in Business
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Columbia International University Request Info »
  • Platt College

    Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

    Programs

    • Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Veterinary Technology - Associates

    Location: Online

    Platt College Request Info »
  • Tulane University - School of Social Work

    There is no more exciting time to be part of the renowned Tulane School of Social Work or of the intriguing city of New Orleans than at this moment. 

    Programs

    • Masters in Social Work

    Location: Online

    Tulane University - School of Social Work Request Info »
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

    RMCAD - Where Your Creativity Comes to Life

     

    Programs

    • Graphic Design Online
    • Illustration Online
    • Game Art Online
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design Request Info »
  • Matching School Ads

    Quick School Search

    College & Career Search Tools

    • Careers: Unsure about your career path? Study profiles of hundreds of professions.

    • Interviews: Professors and deans sit down with our team to give you unique insights on college life.

    • Military Education: Find only Military friendly online schools and campuses.

    • Student Reviews: Know before you go. Read student reviews on over 2000 accredited colleges. Write your own experience.