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White House Announces $100M Competition to Expand Tuition-Free Community College Education

May 05, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden announced a $100 million competition to expand tuition-free community college programs that connect young Americans to in-demand jobs. To support a growing trend of free community college programs, America’s Promise Job-Driven Training grants (America’s Promise Grants) will provide federal funding for the creation and expansion of regional and sector partnerships between community colleges, local industries, other training providers, employers, and, the public workforce system targeted at in-demand middle and high-skilled jobs across the country. The program will be launched in early summer by the Department of Labor and will be supported by funds from H-1B visas. In the last year, nearly 30 new free college programs have been launched including statewide programs in Oregon, Minnesota, and Rhode Island, according to the press release. The intent of the program is to prepare individuals for well-paying jobs in key regional industries such as manufacturing, IT, health care, cybersecurity and energy. Read the announcement…

workforce, community college