Obama Proposes Free Education for Community College Students

Obama Proposes Free Education for Community College Students

By Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

President Obama is proposing to make community college free for some students.

"These policies will continue to work, as long as politics don't get in the way," President Obama.

In President Obama's State of the Union speech he highlighted the possibility of making community college free for all students for up to two years. On Wednesday, NewsWest 9 spoke with Odessa College to find out what this means for the future of their institution.

"This is the first time a sitting president has stood in front of the nation and identified community colleges as very key, and important to the nations educational future," said Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Donald Wood, of Odessa College.

This plan would be the chance for many people in America to receive the education they have always wanted but could never afford.

"There are enormous numbers of students is our high schools right now, who have knowledge, the ability, the intelligence, to be stem graduates in America, and to help push America forward, but what do they lack? Often times they lack the resources to do it, and often times those resources are financial," Wood said.

President Obama also discussed how more individuals in America with a degree, will make for more national competiveness and build a stronger middle-class economy.

"When people get an education, they have an opportunity to get a career, get promotions, and to make more money, and what will that do? That will put more money back in your community. So, there is probably no more important dollar that you can spend in a community than in education."

If passed many community colleges here in the Permian Basin hope to see a growth of students in their community colleges making for a more competitive job market in the near future.