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 […]

Baltimore County Builds A College Promise

By Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis and Kevin Kamenetz Gabby, a student at Loch Raven High School in Baltimore County, has big hopes and dreams. She’s a textbook college candidate with good grades and strong extracurricular involvement. She stands out in her role as an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America and has […]

Tuition Costs Shouldn’t Leave Students Sick Or Hungry

By Joseline Garcia, President of the United States Student Association My college experience wasn’t like what you see in the movies. To put myself through school at UC Santa Barbara, I worked the night shifts at In & Out. My parents work hard, but their income from gardening and housekeeping just wasn’t enough to support […]

Non-Traditional Student Success in San Francisco

By Dr. Lillian E. Marrujo-Duck, Dean of Instruction at City College of San Francisco I come from a family that is blended in several ways. My mother was a single, 16-year-old high school dropout when I was born. A few months later she married my Dad, a Vietnam veteran who raised me as his own. He used […]

College Promise & Open Educational Resources: A Winning Combination

By Hal Plotkin, Senior Open Policy Fellow at Creative Commons USA This post was previously posted on This week is Open Education Week, when members of Open Education Consortium come together to showcase what they’re doing to make education more open, free, and available to everyone. When Melissa Hoch was in her mid-40’s, newly divorced, […]

How A Filmmaker Found His Voice in Community College

By Alexander Shebanow, a documentary filmmaker and director of Fail State, an expansive documentary exposé on predatory for-profit colleges and worsening inequality in American higher education This post was previously posted on In 2009, I graduated high school with mediocre grades, mediocre SAT scores, a too-good-for-college-stubbornness, and a half-hatched plan to move to Los Angeles […]

College Promise Is Helping Students. Here’s How.

By Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President of Skyline College, is a guest contributor for the College Promise Campaign This post was previously posted on At Skyline College, we understand and fundamentally believe completing college is the most significant step people can take to improve their life circumstances. We know that the basics of higher […]

Seven Mayors Championing Free Community College

By Brenna Parker, Digital Coordinator for College Promise This post was previously posted on This week, mayors from across the country are gathering in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting. They will address a broad range of pressing issues in their communities, but among the most urgent topics they will […]

Growing Roses From Concrete In Stockton, California

By Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton, California This post was previously posted on When I took the oath of office in January of 2017, from the stage of the Bob Hope Theater, I told the citizens of Stockton, California, that if we worked together, we could achieve anything. Only twelve months later, I stood […]

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