Advancing Community Colleges

Official White House photo by David Lienemann

“I have long said that community colleges are America’s best-kept secret... I believe we need to celebrate community colleges — and their students — for who they really are: innovative, inspiring and essential."

- Dr. Jill Biden

Commitment to Elevating Quality, Affordable Education

For millions of people across the United States, community college is the best path forward to fulfilling their potential. Today, more than half of all postsecondary learners attend community colleges — institutions uniquely suited to meet the diverse needs of today’s students — to pursue an education while working full time and supporting their families.

Dr. Jill Biden, a community college professor and lifelong education champion, has often called community colleges “America’s best-kept secret.” Together with former President Barack Obama, she led the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. During her tenure as Second Lady, Dr. Biden also completed a College to Career bus tour across five states to highlight innovative workforce partnerships that kick-start career training. She has visited over fifty community college campuses across America.

Dr. Biden will continue to elevate community colleges, to highlight the value of investing in them, and to support access and affordability through efforts like the College Promise Campaign, a non-partisan initiative that builds public support for funding the first two years of hardworking students’ educations — starting in America’s community colleges. Dr. Biden is the honorary chair of the College Promise Campaign’s National Advisory Board.

The Foundation will build on Dr. Biden’s efforts to support these distinctly American institutions, where anyone who walks through the door is one step closer to the American Dream.

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