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Tuesday
Oct052010

White House to Hold Summit for Community Colleges

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and second lady Dr. Jill Biden will host the first ever White House Summit on Community Colleges at the White House on Tuesday.

Biden, a 17-year community college instructor, said on a conference call with reporters Monday that she hopes Tuesday’s summit will help open the nation’s eyes to the value of community colleges.  “I have always said that the community colleges are one of the nation’s best kept secrets, but [Tuesday's] summit shows that is no longer the case,” she said.

At the summit, the administration will highlight two public-private commitments that they believe will help prepare the community college workforce better.  Community college leaders and former students, as well as business and organized labor representatives, are expected to attend to discuss what more can be done to help community colleges succeed and create a valuable, successful work force.

Earlier this year, the president announced an investment of $2 million over four years to community colleges to support new education training and skills programs. Over the next few months, the White House is anticipated to announce the first $500 million of that investment.

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