WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants to spend billions
of dollars over the next decade to beef up the nation's community
The Obama plan would pump $12 billion into the two-year
institutions to train more people for the jobs that will be
available in the future.
About $9 billion would go toward challenge grants and addressing
dropout rates and $500 million to online education. The rest would
be used as seed money to spark renovation and construction.
Community colleges have been feeling the pinch lately.
Enrollments are up for several reasons, including rising college
costs at public and private schools and because of the economy --
as people who've lost jobs sign up to learn new skills.
About 6 million students attend community college. Officials say
Obama wants to increase community college enrollment to 11 million