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The White House Community College Video and Summit

September 23, 2010 — 11:07 a.m.

I just got chills watching a video about Community Colleges that was posted by The White House. For those who don't know, President Obama has asked Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden to chair the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges.

According to The White House, President Obama is convening "this event to highlight the critical role that community colleges play in developing America's workforce and reaching our educational goals."

In support of the summit, which will take place on October 5, 2010, The White House posted a short video (2 minutes, 56 seconds to be exact) on their website. In this video, current students and alumni describe their experiences as a community college student and the important impact their education played in their life.

Included are thoughts from journalist Jim Lehrer, host of the PBS Newshour and William Green, the chairman and CEO of accounting Accenture.

The story I connected with the most was that of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Mr. LaHood's story resonated with me strongly because he describes the importance of knowing the professors.

Thinking back on my own community college experience (right here in this District, as a matter of fact), there were three faculty members who really shaped my future. Key among them was Julie Davey, who taught me what I needed to know to become a writer and a journalist.

I mention my own story a little bit because The White House is asking for students and others connected to community colleges to visit their website and share their own stories in advance of the summit.

You can participate by watching the video (below). To learn more, visit:

Posted by Marc S. Posner


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