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HCC Trustee Attends Department of Education Summit

NORTHWEST ILLINOIS � Highland Community College trustee, Diane Gallagher, represented HCC and the nation�s community colleges at a U.S. Department of Education regional summit on March 23 in Indianapolis, IN.

Diane Gallagher
Diane Gallagher

The primary objective of the Department of Education's Community College Regional Summit, "Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Employers," is to bring together federal, labor, industry, education and philanthropic leaders to share successful efforts that increase college completion rates and prepare students for the 21st century workforce. funny cat pictures

The summit, hosted by Ivy Tech Community College, was designed to allow community college leaders to share best practices that increase the number of college graduates and improve the skilled worker labor force. The summits bring together regional and national leaders in an effort to meet President Barack Obama's goal to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. The Indianapolis summit is the second in a series of four conferences scheduled nationwide. funny pictures

�Highland is taking the right steps to help students succeed and move ahead with the President�s challenge�, said Gallagher, before the 150 attendees of the summit. �As a small school, partnerships with businesses and support from grants are having a greater importance to reach the goal of increasing graduation rates.� funny images

Gallagher went on to share specific information regarding several recent successful partnerships and grant awards HCC has secured, such as a $898,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop wind turbine technology training modules; partnerships with local industries such as Greenlee Textron, Inc., AkzoNobel Coatings, Inc. and State Farm Insurance; and the HCC Foundation�s major gift campaign in support of the construction of the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing and the Wind Turbine Technology Training Center. funny photos

The summits materialized from the U.S. Department of Education�s announcement on February 28 that urged community colleges to be integral partners in economic recovery, and on college leaders and stakeholders to defend federal investments in education, including the Pell Grant and the Community College and Career Training Grant (CCCTG) Program.

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