Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Signing of the "Oregon Promise" to Offer Free Community College to Students

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Signing of the "Oregon Promise" to Offer Free Community College to Students

July 17, 2015

"As the largest and most affordable segment of America's higher education system, community colleges are critical to reaching Presidents Obama's goal of having the highest share of college graduates in the world and to ensuring America's long-term economic prosperity. The President has called for making two years of community college free so that students can earn the skills needed for today's jobs and the first half of a bachelor's degree at no cost. Today that vision took a giant step towards becoming a reality. Oregon's work builds on the momentum we are seeing across the country, including the recent introduction of the America's College Promise Act in Congress. I applaud Governor Kate Brown for signing this landmark legislation and, especially, want to thank Senator Mark Hass for his tireless leadership in bringing thousands of Oregon's students one step closer to realizing the American Dream."