Obama to propose free community college for workers

WASHINGTON (KGO) -- President Barack Obama will propose an ambitious plan on Friday to make community college free for American workers.

He'll make the announcement during a stop in Tennessee.

The president teased his plan in a video taken aboard Air Force One and uploaded onto Facebook Thursday afternoon.

The government would cover two years of free schooling for U.S. workers. Eligible students could save up to $3,800 a year in tuition.

"It's not just for kids," Obama said in the Facebook video. "We also have to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits."

He went on to say, "Put simply, what I'd like to do is see the first two years of community college free for everybody who's willing to work for it. That's right, free for everybody who's willing to work for it. It's something we can accomplish, and it's something that will train our work force so that we can compete with anybody in the world."

The president is on a three state tour this week to preview his State of the Union address.
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