Friday, May 29, 2015

Community college tuition bill needs stronger community colleges first: Editorial Agenda 2015

May 29th, 2015

There's much to like about Senate Bill 81, which seeks to dramatically increase enrollment in community colleges by high school graduates who might otherwise pass up higher education - and the opportunities that come with it.
The program, modeled after one in Tennessee, promises a nearly tuition-free education at any of Oregon's 17 community colleges for Oregon high-school graduates meeting certain requirements. The program would open career paths for students who dismissed the idea of college because of the cost, backers say, putting them on a path to better-paying jobs, giving labor-starved employers a workforce to call on and reducing the state's costs of social-service programs.

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