The Vital Role of Community Colleges in Talent Development

Friday, April 6, 2018
8:45 am   -   9:45 am
Room: 204C
Moderator: Judd R. Pittman, Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education on STEM, Pennsylvania Department of Education

More than 12 million U.S. students are currently enrolled at community colleges, including many women, African-Americans, Hispanics and military veterans who are largely underrepresented in the STEM fields. In addition to boosting diversity, community colleges have become important drivers for young people eager to find a pathway into rewarding new careers, as well as a wide range of companies wanting to train and retrain their employees. Thanks to articulation agreements with high schools, four-year universities, and even some companies, many community colleges can offer an affordable credential or degree that is geared toward the workforce. In this session, hear from several community college leaders who have worked to help these institutions reach their potential as launching pads for tomorrow’s STEM workforce.