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Supporting Our Community Colleges

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I am writing today with some exciting news and a great video that I want to share with all of you.

I was delighted last spring when President Obama asked me to convene the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges to highlight the importance of community colleges to our students and our economy. I am pleased to announce today that this summit will take place on Tuesday, October 5th.

The summit will bring together students, community colleges, business, philanthropy, federal and state policy leaders and others to discuss how community colleges can ensure that we have the most educated workforce in the world. Community colleges touch so many lives -- so I am writing to encourage you to share your own stories, ideas, and questions for the summit. You can submit them via video or our online dialogue tools -- and we will also host a live webcast of most of the Summit at WhiteHouse.gov next month.

I see firsthand the power of community colleges to change lives every single day I am in the classroom, and after 17 years as a community college teacher, I am still energized and inspired by my students every day.

Please take a moment to watch the video below - hopefully these stories will inspire you too:

This post originally appeared at the White House Blog.