The San Diego Promise: A Solid Investment In Our Future

By Dr. Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District. This article was originally published on Forbes. Maia Wakefield didn’t know what to expect when she learned about the San Diego Promise, a free tuition program that prompted her to enroll at San Diego Mesa College. Two years later, the 19-year-old scholar […]

When I Walked Across The Stage, My Parents Were Graduating, Too

By Emily Lin This article was originally published on Forbes. As a first-generation college student, I know firsthand the power that a college education has to change lives, not just for graduates, but for their families too. In many ways, when I earned my degree from the University of California, Irvine last week, my parents […]

West Sacramento Mayor Joins CPC In Announcing College Promise Playbook

By Christopher Cabaldon This article was originally published on Forbes. Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, California, is a guest contributor for the College Promise Campaign At my annual state of the city address in the Summer of 2016, I announced that the City of West Sacramento would make the first year of community college […]

How Providence Promise Is Building A College-Going Culture

By Madalyn Ciampi This was previously posted on Forbes.com. As the College Promise movement continues to gain momentum throughout the country, local leaders recognize they must provide more than just funding to make higher education accessible to all students. In Providence, Rhode Island, our Providence Promise is helping families open and build savings in 529 College Savings […]

Five Numbers That Show The Impact Free College Can Have

By Andra Armstrong and Matt Caffrey This was previously posted on Forbes.com. Over the past few years, over 200 communities and 16 states have taken a bold move with little fanfare. More and more regions are expanding access to higher education through College Promise programs that cover the cost of tuition for students. And these […]

Community College Opens Doors To The American Dream

By Kien Truong This was previously posted on Forbes.com In Vietnam, my parents never had the opportunity to go school beyond third grade. However, they believed that getting an education was the only way to escape poverty. So, in 2014, just after I finished my junior year in high school, my family and I immigrated to […]

This Is College

This was previously posted on Forbes.com By Karina Lopez When people think of college, they may picture a movie scene in a typical quad, library, or classroom. But college offers more beyond these traditional images. College provides opportunities for students to engage in areas of study they might not expect, programs leading to certifications and […]

Two Rules For State Legislators Debating Free College

This post was previously published on Forbes.com. One of the fastest-moving higher education debates in state legislatures centers around whether to create a “free college” program. Six states have run free, or “Promise,” programs for over a decade, but the Obama administration’s focus on free community college and the launch of the Tennessee Promise in 2014 spurred another nine […]

Help Celebrate National Community College Month

Join the College Promise Campaign in celebrating National Community College Month. Throughout the month, we will celebrate community colleges and the College Promise programs that expand access to them for so many hardworking students. Here’s our plan for April: Week 1: April 2-6th is “Why College Promise” week. We’ll be sharing some of the nation’s […]


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