President Obama is working to gain support for his efforts to make community colleges free for qualifying students. At an event at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, Obama announced the creation of a national advisory board to promote the idea that education should be free for any student willing to work hard to achieve their goals. It was in January of this year when he first announced his plan to spend $60 billion over a period of ten years to make community colleges free for students who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
In addition to free community college, Obama will announce a new round of federal grants meant to encourage a “learn as you earn” model where businesses hire apprentices who can learn skills on the job while earning a paycheck, rather than in a classroom. The administration will give $175 million in grants to partners, including colleges, private businesses, and labor organizations, for the purpose of hiring about 34,000 apprentices in various fields.
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