San Francisco (Obama.net)- Community colleges across the United States of America offer many opportunities to the young men and women of this nation. The community college system allows students to save two years of tuition by completing their general education at a low cost near home. The system gives many who did not do well enough in high school to get into their school of choice a second chance to prove themselves. Community Colleges also give America’s youth the ability to experiment with different courses and majors in order to truly figure out what is it that they want to do before they invest tens of thousands of dollars into a private school, state school, or university.
But community colleges also allow students to get a two-year degree known as an Associates Degree and certificates in fields such as nursing and dental hygiene. These enable students who either do not have the money, time, or desire for a 4-year degree and the jobs they lead to, to go out and get a stable paying job that they can use to their benefit and work up over time and make out a good life for themselves early on.
President Obama is aware of this. Thus, in his meeting with the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, Obama stressed the importance of making the education of the community college system better suited to the businesses of America that would be hiring those students who earn AA’s and certificates. Obama is titling the new project, “Skills for America’s Future.”
Obama said of the new plans, “We want to put community colleges and employers together to create programs that match curricula in the classroom with the needs of the boardroom.”
Obama’s hope is that by the year 2020, there will be an increase of five million in students who graduate community college and receive certificates.
In a statement released by the White House, it was said that President Obama “will also announce the establishment of a federal Skills for America’s Future Task Force, co-chaired by top level administration policymakers, to coordinate federal efforts and ensure the private sector is best poised to work with and leverage federal training and education efforts.”
Tuesday, a Summit on Community Colleges will be held at the White House and the new plans will be announced, as well as a presentation on the benefits and importance of community colleges and the good they serve to the American people.