Brown: Community Colleges Are Building Blocks to the Middle Class

America’s College Promise Proposal Would Make Two Years of Community College Free to American Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After President Obama unveiled the America’s College Promise proposal – which would cover tuition for two years at community colleges, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement:

“If you ever want to be inspired, go to a community college graduation ceremony. Community colleges are the building blocks to the middle class. They provide hope and create economic opportunity for Ohio’s students. Whether it’s a foundation toward completing a bachelor’s degree or job training to enter the workforce, community colleges help make people’s dreams a reality. But student loan debt can create an unnecessary burden that can follow people for years. This proposal would make help ensure that a college degree is more affordable and provide workers with the skills to succeed in high-demand, good-paying jobs.”

Brown regularly visits community colleges and has spoken at commencement ceremonies throughout the state, including at Edison Community College, Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Community College, Owens Community College, and Sinclair Community College.

Brown is working to help ensure that all Ohioans are prepared to enter the workforce. In July 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), legislation that contains provisions modeled after Brown’s SECTORS Act that would help dislocated workers train for high-tech jobs in their region. The SECTORS Act would promote and require sector-based partnerships to ensure that workforce training programs are developed with industry input and tailored to meet companies’ workforce needs.

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