Dr. Jill Biden to Celebrate College Promise in California
Los Angeles, California – Dr. Jill Biden is travelling to California today for a series of events celebrating the College Promise movement — an effort encouraging states and localities to cover community college tuition and fees so students can earn a college degree without taking on a mountain of student debt. That movement is picking up steam all over the country, but especially in California, which now has more than thirty programs underway.
Dr. Biden, who serves as Honorary Chair of the non-partisan College Promise National Advisory Board — will begin the day at Los Angeles City College, where she will meet with leader of several California’s College Promise programs before taking part in a 10:00 am rally with students to celebrate the Los Angeles College Promise, which begin in fall of 2017. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (D), Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Scott Svonkin, President of the Los Angeles City College Board of Trustees, will join Dr. Biden, along with College Promise Campaign Executive Director, Dr. Martha J. Kanter. Svonkin is also a member of the College Promise National Advisory Board.
Later in the day, Dr. Biden will fly to San Jose to meet with 80 prominent business executives, community college leaders, elected officials, and College Promise partners. She will make the case that College Promise programs are a solid investment in workforce development that prepare citizens with education and training they need for highly technical jobs of the 21st Century. Among the leaders organizing the event is Wade Randlett — the CEO of General Biofuels Transportation Division and a member of the College Promise Campaign National Advisory Board.
These events come just as the College Promise Campaign is celebrating its first year, which saw rapid expansion in the number of College Programs across the country, especially in California. These programs are creating educational pathways to good jobs and a decent quality of life without a mountain of student debt. There is undeniable momentum for the College Promise movement.