My Free Community College Story

This December, I will graduate from UC Davis with my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology/Biology in preparation for teaching high school chemistry.  I come from an immigrant family and my parents don’t have a high school education.  As a first generation college student, this is the culmination of my family’s efforts to achieve the American […]


Heather’s Second Chance

This year as I head back to school, something is different. The Dabney Promise Program launches this Fall, which means that for the first time, I won’t have to take out a major loan to finance my education. It means that I will only work part-time this semester, instead of working more than 40 hours […]


A Dream Come True

My name is Virginia Hughes, I am 23 years old, and I am from Maryville, Tennessee. Thanks to the Tennessee Promise, I am now the first in my family to graduate from college. I always wanted to go to college growing up, but because of our financial situation, my parents told me they didn’t think […]


Education Designed to Include All

My name is Reid Getty, and I was born and raised in Morehead City, North Carolina. Heads Up America is sharing community college stories like mine throughout the summer, and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am proud to share my story in celebration of Pride Month! As a queer kid growing up […]


Free Community College → UCLA

I’m Arturo Aguirre and thanks to community college I am graduating from UCLA next month! This summer, Heads Up America will profile current and former community college students, like me, who have benefited from a “College Promise” program, which provides a free community college education. Here’s my story to help kick off this “Summer Stories […]