First Lady Jill Biden – a professor of writing at Northern Virginia Community College – called for free community college access for every American seeking higher education during a virtual legislative summit hosted on Tuesday by the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Professor Biden is the first presidential spouse to maintain a career outside of the White House.
“When we started the Obama/Biden Administration, as you remember, we were facing a historic recession and the best and brightest economists got together to figure out how to jump-start our economy. One of their answers? Community colleges,” the First Lady said in her address.
Community colleges have always been about jobs. They’ve always been innovative institutions that meet students where they are, giving them the opportunity to grow their careers and support their families. They’ve always met the needs of the people they serve, strengthening businesses and workforces, and in this pandemic, you’ve supported your students with urgency, creativity, and passion.
Your students and their families are carrying the brunt of the crisis, and that’s why the Biden/Harris Administration is going to get this virus under control and ensure support to those who are struggling. And as we rebuild our economy, we need community colleges more than ever.
Biden said that investing in community colleges is a crucial step in revitalizing the economy:
This is personal to the president and me. We understand the power of your schools. We know that supporting students and your institutions is urgent. It’s necessary for the families who are struggling to get by, the towns that are losing hope, and the future of our entire economy. We have to get this done and we have to do it now.
That’s why we’re going to make sure that everyone has access to free community college and training programs. We’re going to make sure students have the support they need to cross that finish line. And we’re going to invest in programs that prepare our workers for jobs of the future.
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