Jill Biden: 'This Is The Moment For Community Colleges'

06/15/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Huffington Post

In an op-ed today in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jill Biden announces that she will be leading a national summit on community colleges this fall.

Biden writes:

We will bring college presidents, instructors, and advocates together with business leaders and other stakeholders to share best practices and successful models for helping students gain the knowledge, training, certificates, and degrees needed to succeed. This will be a working summit, a setting where we can shine a spotlight on community colleges, highlight their utility to families and communities across the nation, nurture more collaboration, and generate additional policy ideas and goals for student success. As a community-college instructor, I am thrilled to be leading this summit and truly pleased to have the support of the administration.

Over the past 16 years, I have seen firsthand the power of community colleges to change lives. And that is, in large part, why I never really considered the possibility of not teaching at a community college after we moved to Washington last year. Since then I have been privileged to teach students from more than 22 countries.

Biden is a longtime advocate for community colleges, and the Obama Administration has taken up the task of supporting her cause. The recently passed Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act pledged $2 billion to strengthen programs and resources at the schools. Biden is currently an adjunct professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College.