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 Forbes.com 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 […]

Why I work for Heads Up America

I’m James Schuelke and I work on our advocacy team here at Heads Up America. As a proud community college alumni, I know firsthand the difference these campuses make in people’s lives. That’s why today I’m heading to my alma mater, Cuesta College, where San Luis Obispo County is investing in the future by providing free […]

The College Promise in California

“The need for a college-educated workforce in the United States has never been greater. Yet, while access to higher education is ever more important, the cost of higher education has increased dramatically over the last few decades, becoming less accessible to students from low- and middle-income families. College Promise programs help address the need for […]

Promise Profile: Long Beach Promise

The College Promise offers ways for Long Beach Unified School District students to prepare for, enter and complete college. A unique partnership with Long Beach City College (LBCC), California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the City of Long Beach, it provides a free semester of tuition at LBCC, guaranteed admission to CSULB, early outreach, […]

Promise Profile: Oakland Promise

To fill financial gaps and minimize financial barriers for Oakland students, we will provide need-based college scholarships to all qualifying students from low-income backgrounds. Students at 2-year and technical colleges will receive up to $1,000 per year while students at 4-year colleges will receive up to $4,000 per year. We will roll out school by […]

My Free Community College Story

This December, I will graduate from UC Davis with my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology/Biology in preparation for teaching high school chemistry.  I come from an immigrant family and my parents don’t have a high school education.  As a first generation college student, this is the culmination of my family’s efforts to achieve the American […]

Dr. Jill Biden to Celebrate College Promise in California

Los Angeles, California – Dr. Jill Biden is travelling to California today for a series of events celebrating the College Promise movement — an effort encouraging states and localities to cover community college tuition and fees so students can earn a college degree without taking on a mountain of student debt. That movement is picking up […]


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