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Chaired by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a
professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, the
summit was intended to shed light on the role of community colleges in improving
the national graduation rate and putting Americans back to work amid a changed
“Community colleges are a key part of our economic vision for the future,” said
Biden. “I see firsthand the power of community colleges to change lives every single
day I am in the classroom.”
With enrollments of more than 8 million credit students a year, community
colleges remain the largest subsection of American higher education. As such, Biden
and other supporters, including President Obama, have stressed the importance of
these institutions to America’s economic recovery.
White House Hosts
Participants slated to appear in-
cluded U.S. Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan; Secretary of Labor Hilda
Solis; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff Admiral Mike Mullen; George
R. Boggs, president and CEO of the
American Association of Community
Colleges; Melinda Gates, co-chair and
trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation; William D. Green, chair-
man and CEO of Accenture; Eduardo
Padron, president of Miami Dade Col-
lege; Jim Jacobs, president of Michi-
gan’s Macomb Community College;
Ted Carey, president of the Student
Association of Community Colleges;
Discussions included how community colleges can ensure that the
United States stays competitive in the
global economy and how to achieve
President Obama’s goal of leading the
world with the highest proportion of
college graduates by 2020.
For more on the summit, visit: www.
ommunity college leaders and advocates nationwide
convened in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5, for the first White
House Summit on Community Colleges.
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