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  • Obama's community college plan

    - In his State of the Union, Obama officially launched his plan to make community college free for those that deliver. “In a 21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to do more.”

    Obama took the opportunity, when he faced the members of congress, to talk about the results that were achieved in education over the last years. “Today, our younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record. Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high. And more Americans finish college than ever before.”

    Priced out of education

    This notion does not mean, Obama likes to sit back and relax. “In a 21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to do more,” the president said. “By the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education. Two in three. And yet, we still live in a country where too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not smart for our future.”

    As the student loan debt has risen drastically over the last years, Obama aims to set out a plan to help young Americans advance in their career with less financial burden. “This plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new economy, without a load of debt.” Obama then turned towards his audience. “I want to work with this Congress, to make sure Americans already burdened with student loans can reduce their monthly payments, so that student debt doesn’t derail anyone’s dreams.”

    Protect a free and open internet

    The free community college plan, seems to fit in a larger vision, Obama has to make America ‘21st century proof’. “21st century businesses will rely on American science, technology, research and development. I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine?—?one that delivers the right treatment at the right time.”

    To do so, Obama vowed that he intends “to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world.”

    “I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs,” Obama stated, hopeful about the position of the United States in the world of scientific discovery, research and innovation.

    Obama’s State of the Union can be read here