Hal. Lay,. Lu. Yer!!! This will DEFINITELY help a lot of black youths I know who are extremely AFRAID to enter any type of college. Making it FREE...will lose the intimidation. But!
That's a great point! Many young people who can't afford a 4 year school go to community college and find their confidence and go on and get that 4 year degree. I think its much cheaper to do it like that anyway and if you have some remedial issues then I really think its a great idea to go the community college route. That is the problem with the world, low educated folks have more issues if they are not the type that are self starters, self learners and strongly determined, hungry.
I worked in IT and engineering and some of the best software developers I worked with had no college degree never went to college at all. But they were talented in what they specialized in and made serious bank. It comes down to being good at what you do and doing something no one else wants to do and it is usually something that is hard to learn. In I T, computers, networking, telecom, software development, database development and management there are a lot of skills like that. I know a guy who network Apple Computers, integrate them with existing legacy networks and he is killing it and he has no degree of any kind but he is good at what he does. And he dresses like a hobo and stinks sometimes but he is still where I used to work for 16 years.
I know a guy who rebuilds and repairs compressors and engines for ships, he got so busy and made enough money and bought his own crew boat, its a boat the carries equipment out on the ocean, it's like a flat bed truck but its a boat and he provides and charges transport for heavy equipment going and coming to rigs and ships in the Gulf, he has no degree just a self starter, smart learner and he executes.