October 5th, 2010
04:51 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama announces private efforts to boost community colleges

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced additional, private funding for cash-strapped community colleges in an effort to bridge the growing degree gap between the United States and other nations.

At the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges, Obama said the the United States' decade-long decline from first to ninth in the world in the percentage of young people holding college degrees "not only represents a huge waste of potential; in the global marketplace it represents a threat to our position as the world's leading economy."

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Obama is mocked out of his presdient so college have keep for 4 year that is not 2 year

    October 5, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. ufadoof

    WILLARD BULLOCK's comment just strengthens the argument for the need of better education here in the states.

    October 5, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. David

    In this age of technology there are much better education spending options. While it may mean the end of much of the subsidization existing universities and colleges receive it would be a better option to develop interactive online education tools that would be available to all citizens for free, with community colleges supporting any classroom requirements – and saving Universities for post bachelor degree studies.

    October 5, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Gr. Rapids, MI

    Mr. Willard, can we get this sentence translated in english, please?

    October 5, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. southern cousin

    I always thought community colleges were great institutions, now that this slimeball supports them, there has got to be something wrong with them.

    October 5, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |