Free Community College? Not quite.

President Obama, the Giver-in-Chief, has come up with a doozy of an idea this time.  The President announced (via a Youtube-like video with the hashtag #FreeCommunityCollege) that he would like to see the first two years of community college free for those who “work for it.”  There’s a novel idea.

The President is correct that higher education is the path forward for Americans looking for opportunities.   Community colleges provide an affordable start for students seeking a four-year college degree.  In addition, the vocational programs that many of them offer are vital to American growth and promise respectable and often high-paying jobs in service industries.  Here in Houston, the demand for welders with the proper training and certification from our area two-year colleges has pushed welding salaries in the six figure range.

The weakness of the President’s proposal is that it’s a political stunt based on a faulty premise.  Here are five reasons why “Free Community College” is a bad idea. Continue reading