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Leaders here say the plan could allow thousands of Philadelphians to attend community college — people who wouldn’t have attended before because they couldn’t afford it. Donald Generals, president of the Community College of Philadelphia, said Friday that the school’s enrollment could increase by 15 percent, and that’s a “conservative” estimate.

Community College of Philadelphia president Donald Generals says the proposal is a recognition of the role these two-year institutions have played in the U.S. economy and the lives of their students.

Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) President Donald Generals spoke out in support of President Barack Obama’s open-access education plan on Friday, saying the proposal would give more students incentive to seek higher education and reduce the dropout rate.

Leaders here say the plan could allow thousands of Philadelphians to attend community college — people who wouldn’t have attended before because they couldn’t afford it. Donald Generals, president of the Community College of Philadelphia, said Friday that the school’s enrollment could increase by 15 percent, and that’s a “conservative” estimate.

"I think this opens up [college] to an entirely new population of students who otherwise would not have considered going to college," said Donald "Guy" Generals Jr., president of Community College of Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA (January 9, 2015) – Community College of Philadelphia President Donald Generals released the following statement concerning President Barack Obama’s new  America’s College Promise proposal announced today:

“President Obama’s proposal is exciting news. The President clearly recognizes the importance of community colleges and their role to the nation's prosperity.  The investment that he is proposing will propel our nation into the lead of the world's economy. He's put forth a challenge to the states and institutions to join him in providing quality education and training opportunities for our next generation of workers. I look forward to seeing the details and partnering with the President, our state and local officials to make this proposal a reality.”

President Obama’s proposal would make two years of community college free for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and earn skills needed in the workforce at no cost. The White House estimates nine million students could benefit if all states participated in the America’s College Promise program. The proposal, which will be part of President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 20th, must still be approved by Congress

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The Colonials have an impressive 13-1 record. CCP is tied for No. 2 with Eastfield College in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division III men’s basketball top 10 rankings.

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