From Iraq To Ivy League

By: Kristopher Goldsmith This post was originally published on Forbes. I did not begin dreaming of going to college until I was nineteen years old, carrying an M-4 rifle, patrolling the war-torn streets of Sadr City, Baghdad. It was 2005, just two years after I had graduated from Mepham High School on Long Island. That’s […]


Three Community College Opportunities That Will Surprise You

As a mathematician, my job is to notice patterns. What I’ve noticed about college students is that their success has less to do with IQ and more to do with digging deeper into their college experience. Community college is no exception. While community colleges may best be known as a way to get the skills […]


How Free College Can Advance Equity In America

By: Katie Berger This post was originally posted on Forbes More than ever, a postsecondary education is necessary for a securing job that pays a living wage. However, college affordability remains a key barrier for too many Americans, including those who stand to benefit most from earning a degree. The increasingly inaccurately named “non-traditional” students […]


Here’s How I Transferred To Yale From A California Community College

By: Nune Garipian This post was originally published on Forbes Sitting in a room of community members, the president and senior community college administrators, and student leaders, I added the final touches to my college application. It was my typical Thursday evening at Pasadena City College (PCC), which began with a full-time schedule of classes […]


How Mentors And Community College Took Me From Honduras To Tufts University

By: Yanelle Cruz This article was originally posted on Forbes. I left Honduras and arrived in South Florida with two suitcases, only enough money to pay for my first semester at Broward College, and an intense desire to make the most of my opportunity for an education. Family and friends thought it was a little […]


Students Helping Students To Alleviate The Hidden Costs Of College

This article was previously published on Forbes By Yanelle Cruz Bonilla Imagine having missed your last few meals: your stomach is rumbling, you’re hungry, but you have to take a final college exam. Would you be able to concentrate fully? Well, that’s the reality 1 in 10 community college students face. What’s more, a report […]


Making A Difference For Student Parents And Children

By Marni Roosevelt, Founder and Director of the Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center As ball-point pens and notebooks of all sizes reoccupy aisles of shelfspace, it’s clear that back to school season is approaching. Parents shop for their children; educators shop for the classroom; and even working adults take advantage of the competitive […]


How Recent College Graduates Transform Communities

By Kim Mazzuca, President and CEO of 10,000 Degrees. This article are originally published on Forbes. Michelle Obama once famously stated, “You have to stay in school. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education.” I can’t help […]

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The San Diego Promise: A Solid Investment In Our Future

By Dr. Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District. This article was originally published on Forbes. Maia Wakefield didn’t know what to expect when she learned about the San Diego Promise, a free tuition program that prompted her to enroll at San Diego Mesa College. Two years later, the 19-year-old scholar […]

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When I Walked Across The Stage, My Parents Were Graduating, Too

By Emily Lin This article was originally published on Forbes. As a first-generation college student, I know firsthand the power that a college education has to change lives, not just for graduates, but for their families too. In many ways, when I earned my degree from the University of California, Irvine last week, my parents […]

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