Vice President Biden stresses importance of community colleges during CPCC visit

last modified Sep 14, 2016 02:29 PM

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden visited CPCC’s Tate Hall on Monday, Sept. 12 to discuss how the Obama administration is making investments to support community colleges and businesses working together to create pathways to the middle class.

During his speech, Vice President Biden touted the college’s partnerships with leading Charlotte companies, such as Siemens, Blum and Ameritech, and praised its use of the $2.5 million it received in federal funding to support its mechatronics program, a field that boasts “salaries ranging from $40,000 after graduation in some cases, putting students on a path to make $100,000 a year."

Vice President Biden’s speech stressed the importance of community colleges and the role they play in training people to be competitive in an ever-changing technological workforce.

“Not only are community colleges among the most versatile institutions of higher education in the nation, they provide training for immediate jobs and offer pathways to four-year degrees and beyond,” said Biden.

According to Biden, this is important. With an education, people are able to secure good, middle-class paying jobs. “It gives them hope and a fair shot at having a better life,” he said.

View Vice President’s complete speech here.

Photos from the day’s event may be seen in the online photo gallery.

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