Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Applaud plan to make community college free for hard-working students
For many young Americans, the natural next step after graduating high school is to go to college. The rising cost of education at four-year institutions forces many young people to attend community colleges. However community colleges, though not as expensive as universities, still come with pretty hefty price tags. In an effort to combat the student loan problem in America, President Barack Obama has proposed to make community colleges and other two-year programs completely free for responsible students.
The proposal comes after revealing statistics were released by the White House stating that by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of jobs across the country will require at least a bachelor’s degree, while another 30 percent will require an associate’s degree or, at minimum, some college. President Obama’s proposal, if implemented in all 50 states, could save the average full-time community college student nearly $4,000 in tuition per year. And the plan is poised to benefit a staggering 9 million students every year.
Further, under President Obama’s free education proposal, students will be required to attend college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA and promise to make steady progress towards completing a program if they want to benefit from the plan. As a result, community colleges are expected to offer programs that fully transfer all credits to public four-year colleges, and offer occupational and technical training that lead to in-demand degrees and certificates.
Taking it a step further, President Obama’s proposal also includes an American Technical Training Fund, which will offer innovative, high-quality technical training programs at community colleges across the country. These programs offer partnerships with IT employers, include work-based learning opportunities and internships, provide accelerated training, and even accommodate students that partake in part-time work.
As more students take on decades’ worth of debt through the use of private and federal loans to pay for college, President Obama’s proposal offers an attractive stepping stone and answer to the country’s mounting $1 trillion dollar student loan debt problem. Sign the petition to support the free education proposal.
Dear President Obama,
As the cost of college rises, many students are opting to attend community colleges to begin their post-secondary education. However, even community colleges can set a student back an average of $8,000 a year. Since many high school graduates do not have the means to pay for community college, many of them have to take out debilitating student loans.
If all 50 states implement your new free education proposal, more than 9 million community college students would be free from student debt and earn a degree or certificate that could lead to a promising and fulfilling career. Not only will students have more freedom of choice in terms of what kind of education they want to receive, they will feel less pressure to pursue something they aren’t particularly interested in, simply because they have to pay back their student loans.
Throughout your term, you’ve stated that higher education and tackling the $1 trillion dollar student loan problem in this country are two of the most important issues you’ll work towards improving. This free education proposal is a fantastic example of your dedication to helping Americans move forward and compete in the competitive global marketplace. With education we can achieve anything.
Thank you for spearheading such an incredible idea and I can’t wait to see it take effect.
[Your Name Here]
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