Johnston Releases Details of “The Colorado Promise”
For Immediate Release
Nov. 14, 2017
Mike Johnston, Democratic candidate for Colorado governor, today unveiled the details of his Colorado Promise plan to provide all Coloradans with debt-free tuition for community college or job training in exchange for meaningful service to the state.
“With the Colorado Promise, our state will become a national leader both in preparing our citizens for the 21st century economy while also engaging our citizens in public service,” Johnston said. “And, it is a promise that can be repeated over time to make sure all Coloradans spend their working lives engaged in productive careers they love.”
The Colorado Promise differs from other “free college” programs nationally in that it can be used for either job training or community college and can be repeated as many times as a recipient wants as they choose to pursue new careers. Additionally, no other program in the nation contains a service model as robust as that contained in the Colorado Promise.
This service commitment has drawn the attention of advocates of national service across the nation, including retired U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
“America is at a crossroads. Too many people are being left behind by a changing economy and too many are disengaged from each other, from the work of our communities, and from the future of our nation,” McChrystal said. “The Colorado Promise is a bold idea that brings together these challenges to create a powerful solution. Citizen service, when tied to a common endeavor, instills pride in a community, state, and nation. It empowers those who serve with the skills, adaptability, and leadership to get ahead. I applaud this proposal and hope that Colorado can become a leading example of the power of service to propel lives in the 21st century.”
The complete plan, including a breakdown of how it will be financed, is now available here:
“In order to remain competitive nationally, we must invest in our citizens, and The Colorado Promise is a lifelong pledge to partner with our residents in ways that benefit us all,” Johnston said. “I look forward to discussing this with Coloradans across the state as the campaign continues.”
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See below for local and national leaders who have expressed support for The Colorado Promise.
State and National Leaders Weigh in on The Colorado Promise
“America is at a crossroads. Too many people are being left behind by a changing economy and too many are disengaged from each other, from the work of our communities, and from the future of our nation. The Colorado Promise is a bold idea that brings together these challenges to create a powerful solution. Citizen service, when tied to a common endeavor, instills pride in a community, state, and nation. It empowers those who serve with the skills, adaptability, and leadership to get ahead. I applaud this proposal and hope that Colorado can become a leading example of the power of service to propel lives in the 21st century.”
-General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.)
“Colorado’s greatest resource is our people. As a veteran pilot, I founded my company to meet job seekers where they are in life and to accelerate innovation in businesses. So many people with a heart for our country don’t have the training, resources or opportunities military service provides to navigate to the next step in their career. For those willing to take the challenge, Colorado Promise unleashes the full power of our state–igniting economic empowerment for individuals, enabling Colorado to continue to compete in the tech sector, and forging stronger and more connected communities.”
-Sara Kinney, Founding Owner & CEO, Rim Technologies, LLC
“America’s history and prosperity are rooted in engaged, active citizens stepping up to serve our communities, our nation, and each other in times of need. Service is not just a noble idea, but a smart one because everyone comes out ahead. Communities benefit and those who serve gain skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. As someone involved in the service movement for three decades, I believe the Colorado Promise is a powerful idea that needs to happen.”
-Alan Khazei, founder and CEO of Be The Change, Inc; former co-founder and CEO of City Year*
*affiliation for identification purposes only
“Mike Johnston’s proposal will give Colorado the boldest, smartest job skills plan in the country. Everyone willing to work for it and serve their community will have the chance to get ahead.”
-Bruce Reed, Former Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden, Former Director of the Domestic Policy Council for President Bill Clinton
“I could not be more enthusiastic about the Colorado Promise. As a technology entrepreneur, I am constantly on the hunt for talent, and this strengthened pipeline will be a meaningful boost. I have met many people who want to be part of the new economy who do not yet have the required skills; this will help close the gap for them and our tech sector.”
-Bryan Leach, Entrepreneur and Founder of Ibotta, Inc.
“The Colorado Promise is a powerful and pragmatic idea that would give participants access to the training, jobs, and financial opportunity that all people deserve. This will be achieved by providing more assistance to–and asking more of–students, employers, and institutions of higher education alike. I hope we see this enacted soon.”
-Ted Mitchell, President, American Council on Education, Former Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education