Dr. Jill Biden Guest Blogs on Community Colleges
Dr. Jill Biden, a longtime educator and professor at Northern Virginia Community College, and wife of Vice President Biden, is today's guest blogger:
By Jill Biden
I wanted to share some thoughts about a very exciting day I had Monday. In the morning I traveled with President Obama to Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.
As I told the students and teachers I met there, I felt right at home. I’ve been an English teacher for almost 30 years, and I’ve spent much of my career in the community college system. In fact, yesterday I was right back in my own college classroom teaching English.
People often ask me why I choose to teach at a community college. Well—the answer is simple: It’s my students.
Every day in my classroom I am inspired by their commitment, their struggles, and their belief in education as the best hope for a brighter future for themselves and their families. Every day in my classroom I also see the power of education to break down barriers and to open students’ eyes to the possibilities around them.
I saw that power again as President Obama and I toured several high-tech classrooms and spoke with students who are being trained in cutting-edge and emerging technologies to meet the workforce needs of their region. There is no doubt that the education gained on campuses just like Hudson Valley will provide the knowledge that will power the American and global economies of the 21st century.
I have always said community colleges are one of America’s best kept secrets – and I am so pleased that now we have a president who is highlighting their contribution, making a historic commitment to higher education, and bringing more and more students to colleges like Hudson Valley so they, too, can gain the skills and the confidence they need to succeed in a new era.
Last week the House of Representatives passed student loan legislation that included the American Graduation Initiative, a landmark investment in community colleges. This administration shares a sentiment I have long held – that these institutions are critical to educating and training a skilled workforce of the future.
I was truly proud to introduce our President yesterday and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this very exciting time for community colleges.
| September 23, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories: Community Colleges | Tags: community colleges, jill biden, president obama
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