President Obama has big plans and high hopes for community colleges, career training, and keeping college costs down.
In his State of the Union address last evening, President Obama kept circling back to the importance of education, and how a well educated nation will grow the economy, keep jobs on our soil, and take us into a better future.
Here’s a glance at his main points:
“Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job. Think about that – openings at a time when millions of Americans are looking for work. That’s inexcusable”
“Now you need to give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers – places that teach people skills that local businesses are looking for right now, from data management to high-tech manufacturing.”
“At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt, this Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. Extend the tuition tax credit we started that saves middle-class families thousands of dollars. And give more young people the chance to earn their way through college by doubling the number of work-study jobs in the next five years.”
What role do you think higher education and career training will play for the future of America? Sound off below…