Local Panel Discussion: Tuition Free Community College Movement

During his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama unveiled America’s College Promise. If passed, this proposal could make two years of community college free for responsible students around the country. The Heads Up initiative - everyone working together to create a culture that celebrates community college – is a national campaign for the America’s Promise movement.

As part of its annual honors project, the Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa – the national student honor society for two year colleges – is exploring the details of the proposal, investigating the intricacies of college costs, and looking for input from area leaders.

The launch of the Heads Up national campaign is the week of October 26, 2015. In conjunction with the official unveiling, the Phi Theta Kappa students are hosting a Heads Up event on October 28th from 5-7pm in the Community Room on MMCC’s Mt. Pleasant Campus. Interested community members are invited to attend, learn, and discuss.

“We are excited to help inform ourselves and our community about the movement to make community college free,” says Sarah Kohler, MMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa President. “It really will affect everyone so they need to become informed as to what it's all about.”

The event will begin with a short presentation about the Heads Up initiative and then host a panel discussion with local community and political leaders on the difference that free community college access could make in our state.

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