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January 9, 2015

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For Immediate Release


CHAFFEY COLLEGE SUPPORTS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S “AMERICA’S COLLEGE PROMISE”

(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) A free community college education may be a reality if members of the U.S. Congress approve President Obama’s “America’s College Promise” proposal. The president introduced the proposal for free community college tuition for two years to all American students, in a news conference this morning from Pellissippi Community College in Tennessee.

If the president’s “America’s College Promise” proposal passes, millions of students nationwide could receive two years free community college tuition. “It wasn’t long ago students in California could attend community college free,” said Dr. Shannon, Chaffey College superintendent/president. “We’ll be returning to California’s master plan.

During the news conference, President Obama said “If you work hard, you should get ahead. Everyone in America should have the opportunity to learn.” America’s College Promise is a federal-state partnership grant modeled after the Tennessee Promise, a program recently launched in the state of Tennessee.

America’s College Promise would provide free tuition at community colleges for qualified students who are enrolled at least half-time and maintain a 2.5 GPA while making progress toward a degree or certificate.

“I support the president’s proposal,” said Dr. Shannon, “and am confident that the America’s College Promise will benefit local students, Chaffey College, and our community.”

In 1998 Chaffey College launched a similar program, Online to College, through a partnership with the City of Montclair and the Ontario-Montclair School District. “We’ve experienced firsthand the benefits of a program like the America’s College Promise,” stated Dr. Shannon. Since the first graduating class in 2006, more than a thousand students have received the Online to College Scholarship which covers student fees and textbooks for the two years at Chaffey College. “I too believe that all students should have the opportunity to benefit from higher education as long as they work for it,” added Dr. Shannon.

California Community College Chancellor, Brice Harris stated, “We will be looking at the proposal in more detail, but our first reaction is that we are very excited about the president’s plan to provide more opportunities for students to attend community colleges. Community colleges are the primary access point to higher education in California and the nation, and our economy is increasingly requiring college-educated workers.  We look forward to working with the White House as the proposal takes shape.”

Chaffey College, along with community colleges across the nation, will continue to follow the progress of President Obama’s America’s College Promise proposal. Chaffey College is a two-year community college with campuses in Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, and Fontana.




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