(WASHINGTON) -- Calling community colleges the “unsung heroes” of the nation’s education system, President Obama convened the first White House Summit on Community Colleges Tuesday, led by 17-year community college professor Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden.
“They may not get the credit they deserve, they may not get the same resources as other schools, but they provide a gateway to millions of Americans to good jobs and a better life,” the president said of the nation’s community colleges from the East Room summit, “These are places where young people can continue their education without taking on a lot of debt. These are places where workers can gain new skills to move up in their careers.”
The president has set the goal that by 2020 America will once again lead the world in producing college graduates. Tuesday he said that community colleges play an important part of that goal, hoping to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years.
The president added that he is asking his economic advisory board to reach out to employers across the country to come up with new ways for businesses and community colleges to work together emphasizing its importance in reaching that reaching the 2020 goal.
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