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 Forbes.com 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 […]

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The Kalamazoo Promise Sends Spilman Sisters To Free College

This article was previously posted on Forbes.com. By Hannah Engler “It’s become a college-bound town,” says University of Michigan at Ann Arbor freshman Emily Spilman of her hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Emily, who began her engineering degree at the University of Michigan last fall, is one of the many students whose tuition is covered under […]

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6 Places That Already Have Free Community College

This article was previously posted on Forbes.com. By Andra Armstrong The 2016 presidential election thrust college affordability into the national public agenda. Then candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders each proposed free college policies, drawing inspiration from President Barack Obama’s 2015 ‘free community college’ initiative and Congressman Scott (D-VA-3) and Senator Baldwin’s (D-WI) attempted federal legislation, […]