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 […]

Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden host guests at a holiday party reception in the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, December 10, 2013. (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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 […]


Three Years Of Progress On Free Community College

By Kyle Lierman, Founder and CEO of Civic Advisors. Previously, Kyle was a Senior Associate Director of Public Engagement and Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House. This post was previously posted on Three years ago, in his 2015 State of the Union, President Barack Obama unveiled America’s College Promise, an ambitious plan […]


From Factory To Silicon Valley C-Suite: My Community College Journey

By Don Proctor, founder and CEO of Bk97 Digital and experienced Silicon Valley executive, is a guest contributor for the College Promise Campaign This post was previously posted on “If you’re smart, can’t you go to any college you want?” The simple answer is no. You can perhaps get accepted to any college you […]


To Those Affected by the Southern California Wildfires

On behalf of the College Promise Campaign, we want to let you know that our thoughts are with you, your students, faculty, staff, and administrators as you address the challenges and devastation of the southern California wildfires. Please reach out to us as we are ready to help in whatever ways we can. Please know […]


Here’s How Los Angeles Is Building Promise For High School Graduates

By Sarina Wang This post was previously posted on This spring, I will graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles. When asked about my college experience, I always mention the stellar classes, the beautiful campus, and the intense (but fun) school rivalries. But when I speak about my opportunities as a college student, […]


From A Philly Community College Student To White House Social Secretary

By Deesha Dyer. Dyer is the former White House Social Secretary and acting Chief of Staff at the Ford Foundation, is a guest contributor for the College Promise Campaign This post was previously posted on I don’t have the typical background for a member of the White House senior staff. I don’t hold Ivy […]


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 […]

Promise programs in Rhode Island embody the spirit of the College Promise movement: to make higher education an affordable and accessible opportunity for all.

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 […]

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