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From Time: How Community Colleges Changed the Whole Idea of Education in America

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By Sean Trainor

Community colleges have been at the forefront of nearly every major development in higher education

In January of 2015, President Obama unveiled his “American College Promise” program – a plan to make two years of community college education available free of charge to “everyone who’s willing to work for it.” In offering the proposal, the president did not just venture a partial solution to the student debt crisis. He joined a growing community of thinkerswho see the community college as central to solving a wide variety of problems in higher education, from cost and inclusivity to career-preparedness and community engagement.

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