We will report live from Philadelphia later today. In the meantime, here is more information from the Department of Education...
ED is holding a regional community college summit in Philadelphia on February 28.
Secretary Duncan and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will participate in the summit, which is the first of four regional meetings being held as follow-up events to the White House Summit on Community Colleges in October 2010.
The Philadelphia summit — “Challenges, Solutions, and Commitments” — will bring together 150 participants from 15 surrounding states, representing community colleges, business, industry, philanthropy, labor, state and local governments, as well as students. The summit focus is “Transitioning Adult Learners to Community Colleges and the Workforce.”
The morning session will be streamed live (from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm ET).
The remaining three regional meetings will be held around the country during the spring. The purpose of the meetings is to identify promising practices for increasing completion at community colleges.
Duncan has described community colleges as the linchpin for meeting the President’s national goal of once again leading the world in college completion by 2020.
While they’re in Philadelphia, Duncan and Solis will tour the 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund’s Learning Center, a joint labor-management partnership that provides job skills training in the health fields to over 2,000 adult students every year.