On March 18 Koin News shares that Governor John Kitzhaber is now requiring the state commission to look into whether or not providing free public community college would be a possibility for the state of Oregon.
There has been a decline in post high school education all over the nation while tuition costs have continued to climb. On average, the annual tuition for community college including tuition and books has risen to $3,300. This is not something most most can afford right out of high school, and the loans that they would have to take out to attend become quite extravagant with all the interest piled on over the years of attendance.
Governor Kitzhaber believes that having more Oregonians with a post high school degree will look favorable to employers, which might help create more jobs, or keep more jobs in Oregon. Additionally, it might help to pull more people from poverty as those with post high school education are generally paid a higher wage or salary than those with a GED or diploma.
In Tennessee, Governor Haslam has proposed using lottery money to fund free public community college education for anyone wanting to attend and it has worked out nicely. Governor Kitzhaber believes that something similar could work within the budget for the state of Oregon.
Would you attend community college if it were free? Where do you think the money should be pulled from to fund such a thing?