Community College White House Summit

We are proud to be a part of the Community College White House Summit.  This event will discuss how community colleges can ensure that the U.S. has the best educated workforce in the world so that U.S. businesses can compete in the global economy. They will also address President Barack Obama’s goal to lead the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.

The event will take place in the GRCC Cafeteria and Workshop Room connected to the Cafe.  Schedule:

  • 12:15 PM Opening LIVE Web Stream in Cafe and in Worshop Room
  • 1:30 – 2:30 GRCC Cafe/Workshop area – Open Mic Discussion
  • 3:15 PM CLOSING LIVE Web Stream in Cafe and in Workshop Room

Students/ Faculty / Staff are welcome to come in at any time. This will be a relaxed and interactive event.  Resources are available for facilitating discussion: White House CC Summit Tool Kit (.pdf) White House Summit Facilitator Resources (.doc)

The “open mic” discussion will feature the topics listed below:

  • Industry Partnerships
  • Pathway to a Baccalaureate
  • Increasing Graduation Rates
  • Affordability/Financial Aid
  • Innovation: Community Colleges of the Future
  • Supporting Military Families and Veterans

If anyone has any “ideas” to help make GRCC bring positive change to the above topics please send to ljjohnson@grcc.edu. We will upload ideas as we receive them.

The opening plenary session and closing session of the White House Summit on Community Colleges on Oct. 5 will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

The White House announced partial list of summit participants, including:

  • Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a community college English professor, who will lead the summit
  • U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
  • U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis
  • Admiral Mike Mullen, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • William Green, chair and CEO of Accenture
  • Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College (Florida)
  • Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College (Michigan)
  • Ted Carey, president of the American Student Association of Community Colleges
  • Albert Ojeda, graduate of Estrella Mountain Community College (Arizona) and an honors student at Arizona State University.

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