The opening and closing sessions of the White House Summit on Community Colleges will be streamed live at 12:15 pm EDT and 3 pm EDT. President Obama will speak at the opening.
On the ideas site, nearly all the the top-rated ideas call for paying more to adjunct instructors and supporting college libraries. But it looks like job training will be the main focus.
Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife and the host of the summit, was invited to yesterday’s meeting of the president’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. President Obama announced a public-private partnership, Skills for America’s Future, to align employers’ needs with community college curriculum.
Such partnerships aren’t new, but this will be a national campaign run by the non-profit Aspen Institute. A government task force with Department of Labor and Department of Commerce representatives will collaborate, but no government funding is planned. In fact, the private partners — Gap Inc., Accenture, United Technologies, P.G.& E. and McDonald’s are the first to sign up — will offer only guidance and scholarships but no cash.
Penny Pritzker, a Chicago business executive and Obama fund-raiser, will provide $250,000 in start-up money from the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation; she’s soliciting money from other foundations.