RACC To Be Represented at U.S. Department of Education's First Community College Regional Summit

February 11, 2011, Reading, PA -  Reading Area Community College Board Chairman Dean Sheaffer and Business Division Chair Linda Bell have been invited to participate in U.S. Department of Education’s First Community College Regional Summit on Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Community College of Philadelphia.

On October 5, 2010, President Obama and Dr. Jill Biden convened the first national White House Summit on Community Colleges.  It brought together 150 community college leaders, faculty and students, business leaders, philanthropic organizations, policy makers and other education and workforce development experts from across the nation to discuss barriers and solutions for community colleges to significantly increase the number of college graduates prepared for the 21st century workforce. The White House Summit offered an opportunity to share strategies and recommendations for meeting the President’s 2020 goal for the U.S. once again to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

As a follow-up there will be four regional Community College Summits concluding with a Community College Virtual Symposium in April that summarizes the recommendations from each event. The Regional Community College Summits will:

  • Bring federal, labor and industry, and philanthropic partners to your region to discuss how each entity can support local community college efforts to meet the  President’s 2020  goal;
  • Provide a forum to share institution-level barriers, solutions and promising practices in college completion; developmental education; industry-education partnerships; services to military service-members and veterans; transitioning adults to community colleges; and successful transfer programs to four year colleges and universities; and
  • Provide a forum to identify local, state and national recommendations for increasing community college completion to meet the 2020 goal.

Each summit will be a one-day event with broad representation from community colleges, business, philanthropy, labor, policy makers, state and local government, and students.  Although, the direct participants will be limited to 150 to ensure meaningful dialogue, the summit will be broadcast live to reach the widest possible audience.