There’s a growing movement galvanizing public officials, business leaders, students, faculty and alumni to support universal access to community colleges. Why? A college degree is a catalyst. For graduates, it means a higher income, more job satisfaction, greater employment stability, and improved health. For communities, it means economic growth. It’s why dozens of states and cities are making a commitment to finance programs providing a tuition-free education for eligible students to earn a two-year degree or certificate. Learn More & Get Involved.
It’s simple: in higher education, those who need the most resources to succeed academically receive the least. Creating opportunity and success for all students requires us to re-think how we finance higher education. Resources: How Higher Education Funding Shortchanges Community Colleges Policy Strategies for Pursuing Adequate Funding of Community Colleges A Lost Decade in Higher Education Funding
Community colleges create pathways by offering preparation for high school equivalency exams, job training and placement for those who need immediate work and continued education towards a certificate or degree.
Community colleges also help small businesses grow and create jobs. At LaGuardia, and community colleges across the nation, we are helping businesses craft business plans, secure capital, and position themselves for success.