A U.S. Department of Education community college summit at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis aimed to improve college graduation rates and job placement after a degree is earned.
Representatives of community colleges from throughout the Midwest attended the education summit at Ivy Tech. U.S. Under Secretary for Education Martha Kanter says the Obama administration wants to increase the number of graduates with degrees or certificates beyond a high school diploma. And she says community colleges, partnering with business, are key to improving America’s education statistics.
“We need people to go into teaching, we need people to go into I.T., we need people now to go into manufacturing, it’s having a resurgence,” Kanter said. “We’ve got a huge, huge challenge ahead of us, but we need those workforce education partnerships to give students apprenticeships and industry opportunity so that they can hit the ground running when they get that job that they want.”
Ivy Tech currently partners with about 1,200 businesses to retrain displaced workers. A new agreement was announced at the summit, in which UPS will partner with community colleges around the country for similar training.