Community college partnerships the focus of White House tour

Two senior officials from the White House will be touring several two-year schools in an attempt to highlight the importance of community colleges to the workforce, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Jill Biden, second lady of the U.S. and a former community college instructor, will be joined by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. The pair will travel to community colleges and employers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina on the three-day bus tour to highlight how important two-year schools can be in providing people with the skills they need to find jobs.

According to WHIOTV, the pair will discuss the Obama Administration's plans for education reform at Columbus State Community College, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Sinclair Community College.

Earlier this month, President Obama pledged to spend $8 billion as part of the Community College to Work Fund, an initiative aimed at encouraging people to enroll in two-year schools. President Obama hopes the new plan will train 2 million new workers.

As well as offering students the chance to explore new majors, community colleges can be a great way to learn practical, hands-on skills at more affordable rates than some four-year universities.

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