East Bay Times, March 8, 2017 Ramona Giwargis
SAN JOSE — With the launch of an ambitious new community college scholarship program, San Jose leaders believe they will propel hundreds of low-income students into higher education.
Mayor Sam Liccardo and community college leaders unveiled the San Jose Promise program Wednesday, which will cover two years of community college costs — tuition, fees, books, materials and transportation — for up to 800 students.
"I know there are going to be lots of questions for all of us about 'How are we going to pay for this and how are we going to pay for that?'" Liccardo said before citing statistics from the state Department of Education that show only 84 out of 100 San Jose students graduate from high school. Of those, just 60 students enter college — and only half earn a degree or certificate.
"So I ask you — how can we not invest in this?" the mayor said. "The cost of doing nothing is far too great."
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