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 Forbes.com “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 Forbes.com 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 Forbes.com 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 Forbes.com 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 Forbes.com 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 […]


Annual Report 2016-2017

The College Promise Campaign Annual Report celebrates the tremendous growth in College Promise programs in the second year since the Campaign launched. Through communications, advocacy, leadership development, cross-sector engagement, and research, the Campaign has encouraged a national movement in communities and states to make a community college education within reach for eligible hardworking students seeking to complete a […]

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