On Sept. 21, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak was selected as a “Champion of Change” and participated in a White House roundtable discussion on the positive impact of many community colleges across the nation. Shockley-Zalabak talked about the Southern Colorado Education Consortium, a partnership between two- and four-year colleges in southern Colorado to improve student success in the region.
In an increasingly competitive global economy, America’s economic strength depends on the education and skills of its workers. In the coming years, eight in 10 new jobs will require higher education and workforce training. To meet this need, President Obama set a goal for America: to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. America’s community colleges are essential to reaching that goal, and the president is working to support community colleges in graduating an additional 5 million students by the end of the decade.