Obama gives some love to Community Colleges

I was glad to see President Obama showing some recognition, and support, to community colleges this week. Community Colleges are an affordable way for workers and students to retool in a down economy and are a real treasure in the community.

Peter Nicholas (LA Times), reports that “with unemployment continuing to climb, President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a plan to pump $12 billion into the nation’s community colleges over the next 10 years to help struggling workers prepare for new careers, saying a better-educated workforce was crucial to long-term prosperity.”

“Time and again, when we have placed our bet for the future on education, we have prospered as a result — by tapping the incredible innovative and generative potential of a skilled American workforce,” Obama said.

References

Nicholas, Peter (July 15, 2009). Obama unveils plan to invest in community colleges. LA Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama15-2009jul15,0,1988173,print.story

Parry, Marc and Fischer Karin (July 17, 2009). How Obama’s $12-Billion Plan Could Change 2-Year Colleges, Chronicle for Higher Education. http://chronicle.com/temp/email2.php?id=XqqjcpTwySZQJ32SMyyzfbpP2yVhVyhJ

Free education anyone?

The following article appeared in the NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/26/education/26university.html?_r=1. The web is certainly changing things. Learning objects are everywhere on the web. The educators of the future will be curriculum designers, advisers, learning object creators, learning object aggregaters, assessment specialists, and provide some sort of gateway or certification process to assure industry that employees are ready. Wait!! That’s what we’re doing now!! Son of a gun. The business model sure is changing though.

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