President Obama wants to make Community College free which is great but I’m interested in what kind of education these hopeful students will receive. When I was graduating high school, I decided to attend community college because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in college so I decided to spend my time at community college learning about a number of different topics. I had to pay the full tuition cost because my parents made too much money for me to qualify for student aid. I’m not really complaining, community college was much cheaper than the average semester at a four-year school but most of the low-income students I knew where already going for free. They actually were making money by attending college no matter if they passed or not. Many of these kids didn’t receive anything from this free education and some barely received there two-year degree which wasn’t much of a use to transfer to a four-year school.
I think community college is great but instead of just giving people a two-year degree that can’t give them any type of decent paying job. Why don’t they work to make community college give put real opportunities like the new bootcamps, schools, and nano degrees like Flatiron or Zipfan. These programs offer subsidized education to students in need and they seem to be a great opportunity that I wish I would have know about before getting my graduate degree because they are really what I wanted to do. Are they easy? No. Do you need to commit to them and work hard? Yes, but they actually lead to real jobs that pay a salary that someone can support a family on.
I think free education is a good goal. I know a lot of people are complaining about the cost but doesn’t our society benefit from everyone receiving more education. I just think we should only be worried about making education free, we need to make this education worth their time.