Mt. Hood Community College President to Participate in Summit at White House

Posted: Sept. 30, 2010

John J. “Ski” Sygielski, president of Mt. Hood Community College, has been invited to participate in the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. The Oct. 5 event will address the critical role of community colleges as part of America’s economic vision for the future.

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a community college educator, will lead the Oct. summit, which will bring together community college administrators, faculty, students, business and philanthropic leaders, as well as federal and state policy leaders. In addition to Sygielski, other participants will include Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen; Melinda Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others.

“Our agenda is to ensure that people in attendance at the summit, including the President and his administration, learn more about Mt. Hood Community College, many of our highly-acclaimed programs, our goals for the future and our needs to ensure we accomplish those goals,” said Sygielski, who also serves as board chair for the American Association of Community Colleges.

According to the White House, summit participants will discuss how community colleges can ensure that the United States has the most educated workforce in the world, which will help American businesses compete in the global economy. President Obama has set a goal of leading the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.

The opening session (9:15 a.m., Pacific Daylight Savings Time) and the closing session (noon) will be streamed live at

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