Seattle Mayor Durkan’s Free Community College Plan

On her first full day in office, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan (D) fulfilled a campaign pledge by signing an executive order to make a community and technical college education free for the city’s recent high school graduates. City officials will have 100 days to draft a framework for the Seattle Promise Tuition Program, which […]

College Promise Could Help Hungry, Homeless Students Reach Their Potential

By J. Noah Brown. J. Noah Brown is the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees, and chair of the College Promise Executive Board. This post was previously posted on Many community college students live with profound financial hardships, coming from households with lower than average incomes and with little to no […]

Rhode Island: A Small State With A Powerful Promise

By Madalyn Ciampi, Outreach Coordinator at Providence Promise, a new non-profit organization committed to making higher education a reality for all Providence youth. This post was previously posted on The College Promise movement is building momentum nationally as cities, counties, and states are leading the way to create Promise initiatives tailored to their local […]

Achieving my Dreams Thanks to Cuesta Promise!

  By Brittney Tierney I was born and raised on a small three-acre farm in Atascadero, California, where every square inch was used for livestock. Coming from a rural community and being homeschooled all my life, community college helped my family a great deal. In fact, my two older sisters attended our local campus, Cuesta College, […]

Dr. Jill Biden Praises California’s Passage of Free Community College

Dr. Jill Biden, the Honorary Chair of the College Promise Campaign  National Advisory Board, applauds California’s passage of legislation providing one year of free community college for new students. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed Assembly Bill 19 into law on Friday, establishing the California Promise, which will cover tuition and fees for first-time students to […]

Keep the College Promise

By Matt Gandal, Opinion Contributor This post was previously posted on US News and World Report  Free college. It’s now a reality for high school graduates in New York and Rhode Island, which recently joined Tennessee, Oregon, Minnesota and more than 200 communities in instituting “college promise” programs to help any high school graduate who qualifies pay for college. […]

Community College: The Underpinning Success Of So Many Americans

By Charles Lee, Policy Fellow for The College Promise Campaign This post was previously posted on I was youngest of nine siblings growing up, each of us with high hopes and ambitions. The idea of going to college was a common pipe dream, but one that was often cut short by unfortunate realities. My childhood […]

Fund At Contra Costa College: Helping Students Finish School

By Sara Marcellino, Development Officer for the Contra Costa College Foundation, is a guest contributor for the College Promise Campaign This post was previously posted on A college education is an increasingly critical piece of becoming part of the American middle class. It is often noted that by 2020 65% of jobs in the United States […]

Social Enterprise CEO Discusses Value Of Accessible Higher Ed

By Andra Armstrong, Senior Strategist This post was previously posted on As the founder and CEO of the social enterprise Dobility, Dr. Christopher Robert employs a growing staff of professionals in locations spread across four continents. When he is sorting through applications, he says certain applicants stand out: community college alumni. That’s because he knows […]

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