President Obama’s historic call for two years of free community college for responsible Americans is mobilizing governors and mayors, business leaders, students, faculty and alumni to act. LaGuardia Community College is part of Heads Up, a grassroots campaign to gather support and demonstrate the impact that universal access to community colleges will have on the future of our country. Community colleges are economic engines; they not only open the doors of post-secondary education to all, they provide skills desired by employers and industries in the 21st century. It’s time to demand more support for community colleges and help keep the doors of higher education open to all.
It’s simple: in higher education, those who need the most 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 Bridging the Higher Education Divide A Great Recession, A Great Retreat
Community colleges create pathways by offering preparation for high school equivalency exams, job placement for those who need immediate work and continued education towards a certificate or degree.
Business support programs, helping local businesses craft strategic plans and secure capital, further aid the economy by helping businesses grow and create jobs.
Mayor de Blasio’s Career Pathways Report cited LaGuardia’s GED Bridge to Health and Business program as an example of necessary bridges to the workforce for those without a high school diploma.