A Vital Role

“I don’t know what that means, a community college,” President Donald Trump said recently during a speech given in Ohio. “Call it vocational and technical. People know what that means.”

Compared to some of the comments the president has made on various topics, community colleges were spared.

Even so, they still seem to reflect less than a full appreciation for the role community colleges play in the higher education system.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California Community Colleges, recently wrote that he’s disheartened by the comments because, from his perspective, they reveal a deep misunderstanding about the benefits that community colleges provide at a moment when they are desperately needed.

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