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Bernie Sanders heading to SF to speak on CCSF’s tuition-free program

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Presidential candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders shakes hands of supporters following his speech at a Unite Here Local 2 and SEIU Local 87 labor union rally at 101 California St. in San Francisco, Calif. Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the guest of honor at City College of San Francisco’s Ocean Campus on Friday to celebrate the school’s first semester of tuition-free classes.

CCSF in August became the country’s first community college to offer San Francisco residents credit courses free of charge. CCSF officials report that enrollment is up at the college by 18 percent, with 45,000 students registered in courses this fall, up some 4,300 students from last year.

Sanders will join San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, who pushed for free tuition, as well CCSF teachers and students to discuss the program. The former presidential candidate endorsed CCSF’s tuition-free effort ahead of the November 2016 election as well as Proposition W, the real estate transfer tax that provides revenue for the program.

The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Diego Rivera Theater at CCSF’s Ocean Campus on 50 Phelan Ave., and is open to the public. Those wishing to attend are asked to register.

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