In 2015 the Oregon Legislature appropriated $10 million for the Oregon Promise Grant, with the purpose of encouraging Oregon residents who are graduating high school students and recent GED graduates to immediately continue their education by providing funding to attend community college in Oregon.
With the Oregon Promise Grant now accepting applications—and large numbers of students participating—we held a panel discussion featuring leaders in and around our community to learn more about the grant. The panelists engaged in a discussion, followed by a Q&A, to ensure your institution is in a strong position to help students secure needed resources enabling them to further their education and career goals.
The panelists included:
- Ben Cannon – Executive Director of Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission – Oregon’s higher education system serves hundreds of thousands of students at its seven public universities, 17 public community colleges, workforce programs, private and independent colleges and universities, and private career and trade schools. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) supports the students and communities served by these institutions through statewide statutory responsibilities
- Sara Goldrick-Rab – Temple University – Having recently appeared on the Daily Show, talking about her new book “Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream” we are excited to have Dr. Goldrick-Rab join our panel to discuss the importance of college affordability, and why programs like the Oregon Promise are critical and needed for todays students
- Tobias Read – Oregon State Representative – Representative Read currently is the Chair of the House committee on Higher Education, Innovation, and Workforce Development. He believes Oregonians deserve world-class schools, good jobs, and clean air and water. He was first elected State Representative for District 27 in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014
- Barbara Smith Warner – Oregon State Representative – Representative Warner is the State Representative for Oregon House District 45, which includes Northeast Portland, the city of Maywood Park and the Parkrose area. She serves on the House Revenue Committee, House Rules Committee, and the Education subcommittee of Ways and Means
Included below is the full panel discussion. We hope you find as much value in the conversation as we did!