“That shouldn’t come out of hardworking Ohioans’ pockets,” Whaley said. “We should invest in them.”
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If a student was approved to participate in Whaley’s “Ohio Promise” plan, the state department of higher education would distribute the funding to the community college.
Both high school graduates and adults would be eligible for Whaley’s proposed program if they are seeking a certificate or degree, according to Whaley’s proposal. Students participating in the proposed program would need to maintain a 2.25 grade-point average while completing their program within two and a half years.
In announcing the proposal, Whaley said her plan would be a “two-way street.”
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“We’ll get our students educated, trained and marketable for employers with a debt-free diploma, certificate or skilled trade,” Whaley said. “And we’ll provide Ohio’s employers with educated, trained employees ready to get to work.”
While four year colleges need to work on becoming more affordable, Whaley said her proposal targets community colleges because they are the place to go “if you need something now or if you need something to further your career.”
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