Program to help pay for community college for Detroit grads

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New Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivers his first State of the City address at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center February 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) — High school graduates in Detroit will be able to attend two years of community college tuition-free under a new program.

Mayor Mike Duggan’s office says the city has created a permanent funding source for students who want to continue their education at a two-year college.

Duggan was expected Tuesday to release details of the “Detroit Promise.”

The Detroit News reports that the city is able to use some state education taxes to fund scholarships. The Detroit Regional Chamber will work with the city on the program.

The newspaper says scholarships will cover college tuition and other costs not covered by grants.

High school graduates can attend Henry Ford, Wayne, Oakland or Macomb community colleges or Schoolcraft College.

Other cities with similar promise zones include Battle Creek, Lansing, Muskegon and Pontiac.

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