Why Tom Hanks And I Agree That Community College Should Be Free

Photo by Eric James Sarmiento via Flickr
Photo by Eric James Sarmiento via Flickr

Gone are the days when young adults didn’t need a high school diploma to get a great job. Many job requirements call for a diploma along with on the job training, a bachelor’s degree, some form of certification from a trade school, or an associate’s degree from their candidates. It is because of this that it has ultimately made it harder to get a job if you couldn’t afford some form of higher education.

A friend of mine has learned this the hard way. She wanted to make more than what she has made in the past at the numerous retail and fast food positions she has worked at, but as she looked at the job descriptions and requirements she realized that she wasn’t qualified. She confided in me that she felt stuck. The dilemma, however, isn’t that she knows she has to go to some form of school, but that she realizes that she can’t afford higher education and is afraid of falling into thousands of dollars worth of student loan debt. Continue reading “Why Tom Hanks And I Agree That Community College Should Be Free”

“I” is for Irresponsible

IAt the start of its new fiscal year, October 1, 2013, the United States government shutdown affecting every government program, halting aid, services and forces closures and furloughs on government workers. The last time the government shutdown it was in the year 1995 and the conflict is eerily similar to what is taking place now.

The Republican Congress, led by Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, was concerned about funding for Medicare, education, the environment, and public health in Democratic President Bill Clinton’s 1996 federal budget. Clinton vetoed the spending bill the Republican Party-controlled Congress and the government shutdown for 21 days from November 14 through November 19, 1995 and from December 16, 1995 to January 6, 1996. Continue reading ““I” is for Irresponsible”

High-tech Education in Obama’s State of the Union Address

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As published by Examiner.com

Propositions for pushing better strategies for climate control, the discussion of gun laws and immigration reform were just some of the topics President Obama spoke about during the State of the Union Address Tuesday night in Washington. The speech given by Obama showed a sterner president pushing for Congress to come together for the nation. One of the other major topics covered by Obama included education and its relation to technology and the competitive job market and how the nation’s students stand with the rest of the world. Continue reading “High-tech Education in Obama’s State of the Union Address”