Next Friday, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) will join District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim at City College's Ocean Campus to celebrate free tuition at City College, which started in August.
City College of San Francisco is the first and only community college in the nation to offer free classes to all city residents regardless of age, income or educational status. Since the change, enrollment is up 18 percent, with 45,000 students enrolled for autumn classes.
Sanders has been a vocal proponent for making higher education more affordable. Last fall, he endorsed making City College free; he also endorsed Prop W, which provides the revenue that makes the free tuition possible.
Sanders has also been a strong supporter of Kim's, most recently in her State Senate campaign against fellow supervisor Scott Weiner. Sanders endorsed Kim, leading to a spike in donations, and came out to San Francisco and speak at her campaign rallies.
During his own presidential campaign, Sanders visited San Francisco multiple times. He spoke during a rally for a local restaurant and hotel workers union and was also spotted in the Haight and at Sightglass in SoMa.
The two politicians will join local officials, teachers, students and staff to mark how the program is opening doors of opportunity to city residents.
The afternoon is open to the public, but space is limited. Interested parties are asked to sign up at the events's Eventbrite page.
Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with overflow space provided.
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