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- America’s College Promise – President Obama’s proposal to make two years of community college free for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor's degree, along with the skills needed in the workforce, at no cost.
- American Technical Training Fund – This fund will award programs that have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities, provide accelerated training, and are scheduled to accommodate part-time work. Programs can be created within current community colleges or other training institutions.
- Community College Stackable Credentials – The Initiative builds the capacity of consortia of community colleges or state community and technical college systems to improve CTE credential attainment rates among youth and adults enrolled in degree programs at community colleges.
- My Brother's Keeper — Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentors, support networks, and the necessary skills required to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.
- White House Maker Faire — This initiative celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship in students learning STEM skills to power the renaissance in American manufacturing.
- Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium — A network of Colleges and Registered Apprenticeship Programs working together to provide college-to-career opportunities.
- The College Opportunity Day of Action—With over 600 new commitments by national organizations, funders and institutions, the College Opportunity Summit will help connect more low-income students to the college that is right for them. It will work to ensure more graduates, increase the pool of students preparing for college through early interventions, level the playing field in college advising and SAT/ACT test preparation, and strengthen remediation to help academically underprepared students progress through and complete college.
- White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans—This initiative will help identify evidence-based best practices for the improvement African American student achievement—from cradle to career. It will also work across federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African American students.
- White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics—The purpose of this initiative is to work directly with stakeholders, linking together key individuals and organizations from across the country in order to increase awareness of educational inequalities that persist, along with communicating and sharing programs and resources available to the community.
- White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders—This Initiative works to improve the quality of life for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the nation through increased access to and participation in federal programs.
- White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities—This initiative focuses on overcoming the effects of discriminatory treatment and strengthening and expanding the capacity of historically black colleges and universities to provide quality education.
- White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaskan Native Education—This Initiative, located within the Department of Education, seeks to support activities that will strengthen the Nation by expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students.
- Federal Student Aid Experimental Sites - This Initiative—or "experiments," as they are frequently called—tests the effectiveness of statutory and regulatory flexibility for participating institutions disbursing Title IV student aid. The Department of Education has waived specific statutory or regulatory requirements at the postsecondary institutions, or consortia of institutions, approved to participate in the experiments. By contrasting the results achieved with the flexibilities with results under current regulations, the Department has data to support changes to regulations and statute. The outcomes of experiments have the potential to benefit all postsecondary institutions and the students they serve.