Although higher education has become a necessity to succeed in one’s career, not many people can afford it. In efforts to lessen the financial burden of having to pay college tuition, the White House has proposed the America’s College Promise program. Under the plan, two years of community college would be free for responsible students, giving them the opportunity to complete half of their Bachelor’s degree and garner skills that will push them ahead in the workforce. Bringing this plan to fruition will be a team effort, though. “This proposal will require everyone to do their part: community colleges must strengthen their programs and increase the number of students who graduate, states must invest more in higher education and training, and students must take responsibility for their education, earn good grades, and stay on track to graduate,” read a statement released by the White House. “The program would be undertaken in partnership with states and is inspired by new programs in Tennessee and Chicago.” If the entire country participates in the plan it would help 9 million students save an average of $3,800 in tuition per year.
First African-American Female Fire Chief in Country’s History to Retire in Atlanta
Rosemary R. Cloud broke barriers for African-American women in the fire service industry. Cloud made history when she became the first Black female Fire Chief in the United States. After serving the Fire Department for 30 years, she has announced that she will retire. Cloud was the East Point fire chief for 12 years but started her career journey in the fire department 30 years ago. Over the course of her career, she has received several accolades, including being inducted in to the WEM International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame in 2010 and being featured in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and Black Enterprise Magazine. She was also listed as “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence” by the Atlanta Business League. “I want to emphasize that I will forever be grateful to the City of East Point, and the Fire Department for having given me the opportunity to be a part of such immense accomplishments and the endeavors we have had over the years,” Cloud said in a statement. She will be honored by the city of East Point at the end of this month. Read more.