OPINION: Let’s Not Turn Community Colleges into Just Workforce Development

Every community college leader in the nation is thrilled that President Joe Biden is calling on their institutions to play a leading role in training the workforce of the future. More than any past administration, Biden and his Democrat colleagues understand the central position of community colleges in sustaining U.S. economic vitality.  

The amount of funds provided for job training in community colleges by the federal government in the last few years and the potential for additional funding under the Biden administration is staggering: In his first speech to Congress in April, Biden said he wants to spend $109 billion to make two-year colleges free, an additional $80 billion on Pell Grants and $62 billion for retention and completion efforts — along with another $39 billion for two free years at minority-serving institutions.  

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