Obama dedicates part of the annual State of the Union address to community college plan

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President Obama expanded on his proposal to offer two free years of community college to responsible U.S. students during his State of the Union Address on Jan. 20, 2015.

During his speech, Obama focused on the nation’s improved economy and emphasized his belief that everyone should have a “fair shot” at success–and that, in turn, contributes to the nation’s prosperity.

But “to make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help Americans upgrade their skills.”

By 2020, Obama said, two-thirds of job openings will require at least some form of high education. That contrasts sharply with increasing college costs, which prevent many students from attending or completing college.

“It’s not fair to them, and it’s not smart for our future,” he said.

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Laura Ascione