8 Colleges Are Part of 5 ‘Promise Zones’ Unveiled by White House

The zones, located in five states across the country, are designed to foster economic development, educational opportunity, and better housing and public safety through partnerships involving local business and community leaders and organizations, including higher-education institutions. The five zones announced on Thursday by the White House are among 20 to be named over the next three years. The zones and their higher-education partners are as follows: San Antonio (St. Philip’s College), Los Angeles (Los Angeles Community College District), Philadelphia (Drexel University), Southeastern Kentucky (Berea College, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Kentucky), Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (Eastern Oklahoma State College and Oklahoma State University).

Announced in last year’s State of the Union Address, the Promise Zone Initiative is part of the President’s plan to create a better bargain for the middle-class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety.

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