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Buttigieg's Proposal for National Service

July 5, 2019

South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg released a campaign proposal this week to beef up paid national service opportunities and target students at community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

There are currently about 75,000 service opportunities available through programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. Buttigieg, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, wants to boost that number to 250,000 once his proposal, dubbed the Serve America Act, is funded, and one million positions by 2026.

The proposal says positions would put an emphasis on on-the-job training and leadership development for service positions. And it would offer “consideration for public service student debt forgiveness, vocational training and hiring preference for service fellows.”

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Andrew Kreighbaum

Andrew Kreighbaum joins Inside Higher Ed as our federal policy reporter. Andrew comes to us from The Investigative Reporting Workshop. He received his master's in data journalism at the University of Missouri, and has interned at USA Today and a national journalism institute in Columbia, MO. Before getting his master's, Andrew spent three years covering government and education at local papers in El Paso, McAllen and Laredo, Texas. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in history and was news editor at The Daily Texan.

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