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Federal Update: Obama Address in Michigan - July 14, 2009

 

From: Anne McKinney
Assistant Vice-Chancellor/Federal Relations
Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges

Hello Everyone:

I have attached the President’s remarks today regarding funding for community colleges (pdf).  He proposes The American Graduation Initiative to build on the strengths of community colleges and usher in new innovations and reforms for the 21st century economy.  It will:

  • Call for 5 Million Additional Community College Graduates
  • Create the Community College Challenge Fund:  New competitive grants would enable community colleges and states to innovate and expand proven reforms. These efforts will be evaluated carefully, and the approaches that demonstrate improved educational and employment outcomes will receive continued federal support and become models for widespread adoption.
  • Build partnerships with businesses and the workforce investment system to create career pathways where workers can earn new credentials and promotions step-by-step, worksite education programs to build basic skills, and curriculum coordinated with internship and job placements.
  • Expand course offerings and offer dual enrollment at high schools and universities, promote the transfer of credit among colleges, and align graduation and entrance requirements of high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.
  • Improve remedial and adult education programs, accelerating students’ progress and integrating developmental classes into academic and vocational classes.
  • Offer their students more than just a course catalog, through comprehensive, personalized services to help them plan their careers and stay in school.
  • Fund Innovative Strategies to Promote College Completion
  • Modernize Community College Facilities: Often built decades ago, community colleges are struggling to keep up with rising enrollments. Many colleges face large needs due to deferred maintenance or lack the modern facilities and equipment needed to train students in technical and other growing fields. Insufficient classroom space can force students to delay needed courses and reduce completion rates. President Obama is proposing a new $2.5 billion fund to catalyze $10 billion in community college facility investments that will expand the colleges’ ability to meet employer and student needs. The resources could be used to pay the interest on bonds or other debt, seed capital campaigns, or create state revolving loan funds.
  • Create a New Online Skills Laboratory


Congratulations to all of you for your hard work over the years, communicating the issues facing community colleges to congress and the various administrations – our “footprint” in DC has certainly been increased by your efforts!  Please relay your specific campus needs in these itemized matters and support of the proposal to your local congresspersons over the ensuing days – they will be in their districts all of August through the first week of September.

Regards,  Anne

Anne McKinney
Assistant Vice-Chancellor/Federal Relations
Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges
916.445.1780 phone    916.324.6083  fax





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