“Lighting a spark. That’s what community colleges can do. That’s what learning a new skill or training in a new field can do,” President Obama said in his address today at Northern Virginia Community College.
The president announced new commitments by the private sector, colleges and the National Association of Manufacturers to his Skills for America initiative,which matches schools and businesses to “create pipelines right from the classroom to the office or the factory floor.”
“Through these efforts, we’re going to make it possible for 500,000 community college students … to get industry-accepted credentials for manufacturing jobs that companies across America are looking to fill.”
By the end of the decade, the President Obama plans for the United States to again lead the world in college graduates by making college more affordable and investing in community colleges.
“We’ve got to light more sparks all across America,” the president continued. “That’s going to make a difference in the futures of individuals who are looking for a better life, but it’s also going to make a difference in America’s future. But the goal isn’t just making sure that somebody has got a certificate or a diploma. The goal is to make sure your degree helps you to get a promotion or a raise or a job.”