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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Getting an associate’s degree may soon become a little easier to afford. In last night’s State of the State address, Gov. Bev Perdue proposed a “Career and College Promise” that guarantees a free community college education to some North Carolina students.

The governor said high school juniors who sign up for the promise, meet certain criteria and maintain a good GPA will earn an associate’s degree at no cost.

“The students of the Career and College Promise will have a new reason to stay in school, because for what may be the first time for many of them or their families they will have a clear, attainable path to success,” Perdue said during her speech.

It’s a promise that has some students intrigued.

“I would take the opportunity, because I have a good GPA, and it’s not cheap to go to college these days,” New Hanover High School student Victoria Warren said. “That would help my family out a lot.”

Fellow student Tyler Alston agreed.

“It would make me try harder to keep my grades up, because I would have a better opportunity,” Alston said.

Perdue’s “Career and College Promise,” if set in stone, could give high school students a new incentive to stay in school. It could also greatly impact community colleges all over the state, like Cape Fear Community College.

“Because we would be having additional students come in, we would have a demand for more faculty to be able to offer the services and classes needed to accommodate those additional students,” CFCC spokesman David Hardin said.

Hardin said if the promise does take effect, CFCC would have to deal with accommodating all the new students.

“Having additional students coming in right out of high school would be a good problem to have,” he said.

Perdue originally announced the College Promise initiative two years ago. She said that by consolidating existing programs and nurturing partnerships between high schools and community colleges, a college degree will be more affordable than ever.

“These are going to be the students who will be the workers, who will fill our 21st century industries and workplaces,” Perdue said. “The North Carolina Career and College Promise will set them on the path to a career of college degree.”

But how do you pay for such a program when the state already faces a multi-billion-dollar deficit? The governor’s staff says the program will use existing programs and will cost no new money.

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7 Comments on "Governor proposes free community college promise"

2015 years 10 months ago

The state is in the hole, folks are being laid off, tuition going up in the UNC system, tax refunds not being paid but we have extra funds sitting around that instead of paying off debt, will be spent. Great plan Bev, you are the best.

2015 years 10 months ago

“The governor’s staff says the program will use existing programs and will cost no new money.”

More creative Democrat bookkeeping. “Free lunches for everyone! It will cost us nothing!”

(Oh, but it sure will cost YOU, Mister or Miss Taxpayer!)

2015 years 10 months ago

for your concern. 10 Days aboard the SS New Hanover Regional Medical Center is not the best way to spend your time.

I welcome those who disagree; if they use fact and think before they post. Most of my postings include statistics and data which anyone can verify. It’s easy to misinterpert.

I have a problem with those who post in opposition and use no fact or number. They merely disagree because SurfCityTom posted. Those fact less posts are laughable; and are in part a portion of the challenge we face.

Disagree with fact and logic; Great. That shows one is thinking.

Now watch the budget process in Raleigh and hold the Governor and Legislature accountable.

2015 years 10 months ago

Approximately 72% of state budget items revolve around education and social services.

We have a budget deficit in the billions to overcome.

We’re in the fiscal morass due to spending more than the state revenues bring in.

The State has to pay the Feds approximately $148,000,000 in interest for money borrowed to keep Medicaid afloat.

She proposes job stimulation through a reduction in the business tax rate.

So how does she propose to fund this initiative?

Why make promises which can not be kept?

It’s past time for belt tightening and reductions in spending.

2015 years 10 months ago

I haven’t seen you on here for awhile, had me a little concerned. I hardly ever agree with you,but I’m glad your well and welcome back.

2015 years 10 months ago

How can Purdue expect to fund this when she wants to reduce state employees. Who is going to teach, her, yea that would be a exam on fiscal irresponsibility. This woman cannot manage the state’s resources much less pay for college. She probably needs to increase mental health money so she can get some help. Two years free, what a joke, excuse me not a joke, but a travesty.

heard it all
2015 years 10 months ago

When has a govt program cost what they said it would.

This one’s supposed to cost nothing?

This is why NC is in debt, we know their lying, cause their lips are moving.

Perdue, bye bye


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