By opening their doors to community college students, four-year colleges, especially the private elites, will make their student body more diverse creating a better educational environment for their traditional students.
Getting America back to work is a top priority for President Obama. The nation's community colleges now offer proven solutions to high unemployment. But they all need additional help from Washington to educate young people, guide career-changers and train displaced workers.
Community colleges are a significant economic engine for the U.S. Thousands of students each year complete courses, certificates and degrees enabling them to enter the workforce directly, or transfer to universities.