Matt D’Angelo, an industrial engineering major, was there because: “It’s a chance to see him while he’s still president.” Darcella McCullough, who returned to college after 43 years in the work world, was “impressed by the fact that he wants to give these kids a good chance to go to college.” And Ibtisam Almasary brought her three daughters, first generation Americans and students at Macomb, to encourage them “to never give up.”
In case you missed it, the President of the United States visited Macomb Sept. 9 to launch his new initiative that could mean free community college tuition to eligible students.
“This is one of the best and most innovative colleges in the country,” President Barack Obama told a standing-room only crowd and small army of national media inside the Sports and Expo Center. “It’s a great community college and that’s the reason I came back to Macomb (to propose) free community college for responsible students.”
Obama was accompanied by Jill Biden, a community college professor and wife of Vice President Joseph Biden, who will co-chair the new College Promise Advisory Board, responsible for looking at ways to make the president’s plan a reality.
“I want to make community college as free and universal as high school,” said Obama. “Every American willing to work hard deserves a shot at an education. It’s (their) ticket to the middle class.”
Did you go see the President when he was here on Sept. 9?