President Barack Obama touted apprenticeships to rebuild the U-S workforce and pushed to make community college free for the first two years, during a visit to Macomb Community College Wednesday.
Obama was joined by Jill Biden, a Community College Instructor and wife of the Vice-President.
The President has proposed a $60.3 billion plan over 10 years to provide two years of tuition-free community college for most Americans.
The federal government would pay about three-quarters of the average cost of community college. States that choose to participate would be expected to contribute remaining funds.
The program would not be eligible to students making $200,000 or more.
However, the proposal has gone nowhere in Congress. Opponents have questioned the program’s potential cost given the nation’s $18 trillion debt, how it would be financed and other qualifications.
It was Obama’s 17th visit to Michigan since taking office and the first since January. Macomb Community College was the site of his first visit to Michigan as President in July of 2009.