Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for an expansion of the AmeriCorps service program launched under her husband's administration.
Clinton calls for spending about $20 billion over 10 years on the build-up. She touts the proposal as part of her larger plan to make college more affordable by increasing the educational grants paid to AmeriCorps volunteers and making the awards tax free.
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AmeriCorps currently places about 75,000 people in jobs across service sectors from public education to environmental awareness. Volunteers get a maximum award of $11,550 for two years of full-time service.
The Clinton campaign tells The Associated Press the candidate's plan could increase enrollment to 250,000 volunteers and increase the maximum award to more than $23,000.