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James Schuelke traveled to Racine, WI, in 2016 to help launch Gateway Promise, which delivers a free technical college education. Photo by Gateway Technical College

How Free Community College Transforms Rural America

By James Schuelke, Director of Engagement & Advocacy  This post was previously posted on Rural America is the nation’s backbone. In every state, small towns like the one I called home in Idaho are strengthening our nation’s civic and economic fabric. But like too many Americans, hardworking folks from these communities are hurting. Jobs are […]


My immigrant story: from community college to Harvard

My name is Gillian – I am a first generation college student and I will be attending Harvard for my Master’s this Fall. Without community college, I would not be where I am today. My parents never attended college; my mom didn’t even go to high school. My parents believed in the importance of education, […]

Ryan Liu graduated from Pasadena City College as valedictorian and earned a full ride to Yale University as a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholar.

Why I’ll Graduate From Yale But Owe It To Community College

This post was previously posted on By Ryan Liu Growing up, I listened to my parents tell me how the only thing that can’t be taken away from you is an education. I could understand their perspective. When my mother fled the Cambodian genocide and when my father immigrated from Argentina, they left behind […]


Free Community College Month of Action Reaches Millions

In April, the College Promise Campaign (CPC) celebrated National Community College Month with four weeks of action to build public support for free community college. The effort garnered the support of celebrities including Kal Penn and Ted Allen, elected officials like Governor Gina Raimondo (D-RI) and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA), partners like the Biden […]