Press Release

AFT To Participate In First White House Summit on Community Colleges

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Monday, October 4, 2010


Cynthia Leonor Garza

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers Vice President Sandra Schroeder will join other community college faculty; business, philanthropic and policy leaders; and students at the first White House Summit on Community Colleges on Tuesday. The summit will be led by Jill Biden, who is the wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a community college instructor.

Community colleges currently make up the largest and fastest-growing segment of the higher education system, and play a critical role in training and educating America’s future workforce. The AFT, which represents over 175,000 higher education faculty and staff, welcomes the opportunity to bring the voices of frontline educators to this important discussion, which should include how to boost student achievement and the need for continued investment in instructional staff.

Schroeder is an AFT vice president and president of AFT Washington, which represents more than 5,000 teachers and staff in higher education, teachers and directors in early education, and classified staff in K-12 education. Schroeder has worked as a full- and part-time instructor at the community college level, and was formerly president of the AFT Seattle Community Colleges. She will be available to speak with reporters when the summit ends Tuesday afternoon. Contact Cynthia Leonor Garza at 202/879-4447 for interview requests or for more information.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.