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Working Class to College: The Promise and Peril Facing Blue-Collar America

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Working Class to College is about one man’s mission to send as many students from working class families through higher education as possible without incurring debt.  The book exposes an education class divide that is threatening the American dream of upward social mobility and sowing resentment among those shut out or staggering under crushing debt. The book addresses ways to reduce college costs and shares the inspiring accounts of those who have endured all sorts of hardship—homelessness, an incarcerated parent, dangerously low self-esteem—and fought their way to college and commencement. Robert Carr draws on his blue-collar background as a financially strapped teenager who caught a break as a high school senior more than fifty years ago, and who has made it his mission to mentor and provide need-based scholarships that give working-class kids the opportunity to graduate in four years without student debt.

About the Authors:

Robert Owen Carr is the founder of Give Something Back Foundation and Heartland Payment Systems. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in three years at the University of Illinois and earned a master’s degree in computer science from that school in the following year. He created the Give Something Back Foundation, which gives college scholarships to students from modest backgrounds. His website is www.RobertOCarr.com.

Dirk Johnson is a former bureau chief for the New York Times and Newsweek magazine. He is the author of two other nonfiction books, Biting the Dust and Meth.

To learn more about the Give Something Back Foundation, please visit giveback.ngo

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