Expanding education access
June 21, 2012
The Roanoke Times editorializes, "The soaring cost of four-year colleges has many students looking for a cheaper path to a degree. And rapidly changing technology has many industries looking for a way to train workers in the high-tech skills they need. College affordability and job training comprise the dual mission of community college systems... Community colleges offer a path up into the middle class and, given the dislocations in the U.S. job market, a way to avoid falling from it into low-wage work or joblessness. Either way, public policy should promote opportunity."
Progressive Point: Working Virginians and their families are struggling. Putting our community colleges within their financial reach is essential for rebuilding our economy and strengthening everyone's fiscal future.
Continuing big corporate tax breaks is not helping our communities or small businesses. Ensuring that we have a well-educated workforce benefits our small business and communities alike. We need leaders who understand that access to college is more than just part of the American Dream--America's future depends on educating the next generation and those in our workforce with the drive to make their lives better. Virginia's workers have that drive, now our elected leaders need to make sure we have the opportunity.
Get the Facts: Via the Roanoke Times: