Tom Hanks Praises Community College in New York Times Op-Ed

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The two-time Oscar winner wrote the piece in support of President Obama's plan to make community college free.

Tom Hanks praised his time at community college in an op-ed for Wednesday's New York Times, writing that Hayward, Calif.'s Chabot College "made me what I am today."

The two-time Oscar winner said his "lousy" SAT scores kept him out of the other two universities he applied to — M.I.T. and Villanova — so he ultimately chose Chabot because it accepted everyone and the education would be free.

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Hanks says that his time at Chabot was spent taking classes such as oral presentation and studies in Shakespeare, as well as looking at girls and flipping through the library's vinyl record collection.

The show-biz mainstay also writes that the skills he learned during his two years at the school helped him throughout his professional career in the entertainment industry. When Hanks produced the award-winning miniseries John Adams, he used an outline format that he learned from one of his Chabot history professors.

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Hanks wrote the op-ed in support of President Obama's proposal to make community college free. Hanks writes that if the proposed $60 billion plan passes, "many lives will be changed."

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