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Grading Community Colleges, 5 Years Into Obama Improvement Efforts06:48

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President Obama has been touting community colleges almost since he got into office. In 2009, at Macomb Community College in Michigan, he said, "Community colleges are an essential part of our recovery in the present — and our prosperity in the future. This place can make the future better, not just for these individuals but for America."

Earlier this month, Obama went to Allegheny Community College in Pennsylvania to announce that $600 million in existing job training money would be redirected to programs that would set up apprenticeships with businesses and partner with businesses in a competitive grant program to teach real-world job skills in the classroom.

So with all the attention from the White House, how are community colleges doing? Peter Coy has been writing about this for Bloomberg Businessweek and joins Here & Now's Robin Young with details.


This segment aired on April 21, 2014.

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