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Day: January 15, 2015

President Obama proposes two free years of Community College

“America’s College Promise,” President Barack Obama’s plan, would give two tuition-free years of community or technical college. “For everybody who’s willing to work for it,” said Obama, who outlined the plan in Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. The President is unveiling a proposal for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and earn skills needed in the workforce at no cost.

This proposal will require everyone to do their part: community colleges must strengthen their programs and increase the number of…

America’s resurgence at economy, housing and college

The last week, President Obama discussed the economic gains make in 2014, which was the strongest year for job growth. The President showcase that he has worked to help every American get ahead in this new year, like plans he announced last week to make community college free for two years, make mortgages more affordable and accessible for creditworthy families, and support manufacturing.

“America’s resurgence is real. And now that we have got some calm waters, if we all do our part, if we all pitch in, we can make sure that tide starts lifting all boats again,” President Obama…

Cost of citizenship a barrier for immigrants

Of the 13.3 million legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States, 8.8 million are currently eligible for citizenship. In 2013, a mere 8.9 percent of eligible immigrants applied for citizenship, according to the National Partnership for New Americans.

Recent research to the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California, and the Center for American Progress, analyzing the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of immigrants sheds light on a serious issue: The cost of citizenship has become a systemic barrier. For those eligible to…

Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated to equality and justice for all

Americans honor the civil rights activist on the third Monday of January each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15, 1929.

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?”

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

“It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems”, said DuShun Scarbrough, Arkansas Martin…