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 […]

Helping More Minority Students Get To Community College

By Maya White. Maya White is a graduate student at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, pursuing a MPS in Legislative Affairs. This fall, she worked as the Outreach and Advocacy fellow for the College Promise Campaign. This post was previously posted on Far too few minority students pursue or complete […]

From Community College To The White House (And Back Again!)

By James Schuelke, Senior Director of Advocacy & Engagement for the College Promise Campaign. This post was previously posted on From the White House to an Ivy League campus, I’ve been fortunate to spend time in some remarkable places—but none more so than a community college classroom. As a proud community college graduate, I […]

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, […]

Only Good News On Free Community College

By Missy Godfrey, CEO of Only Good News LLC This post was previously posted on Higher education is a goal for most students, but given the high costs, it is a dream that many cannot afford. That’s why a growing number of cities and states are delivering free community college through “College Promise” programs. These […]

A Lifetime Long Beach Student Benefits From Free College

By Dominique Vera I’ve been a student in Long Beach, California from start to finish, all the way from pre-K to college. I’d like to think the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach College Promise have helped me complete my entire educational journey. As a student at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, I was […]

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