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Steve Bradford Makes Free Community College A Priority for His First Year in the State Senate 

GARDENA, CA – Prioritizing opportunities for higher education across California, today, Steven Bradford announced his plan to fulfill President Obama’s ‘America’s College Promise’ in California to provide two years of free community college for all public high school graduates in the State.

In announcing his plan, former Assemblyman Steven Bradford released the following statement:

“Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’ It is imperative that we as legislators do our part to make this change possible.

“California has long been a beacon of hope and opportunity, and this opportunity should extend to our students seeking higher education. Education is the key to success and gives California students the tools needed to compete in a 21st century economy. Unfortunately, the rising cost of higher education either prevents students from earning their degree or leaves them with crippling debt after graduation.

“That is why I am making it my priority to provide all California public high school graduates with two years of free community college. 

“This would allow students from all economic backgrounds to take advantage of California’s community college system and ultimately land a good paying job. This plan would require all parties to do their part. Community colleges must reform and refine their programs to ensure that all students are earning a quality education and are on track to graduate. The State of California needs to invest in higher education and vocational job training programs so students graduate with the skills needed to compete in today’s global economy. Students need to take responsibility for their education and work hard to utilize this program fully.

“I am committed to fulfilling this college promise, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the State Legislature to do so. Education is so important and shouldn’t be reserved for the wealthy. All students from all backgrounds deserve a chance at success, whether that be a professional degree or technical training, and it is time California provided its students with this opportunity.”