3:46 AM / Thursday April 18, 2024

29 Apr 2016

Workforce Development

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
April 29, 2016 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Dr. Jill Biden and VP Joe Biden speaking to crowds at CCP. (Photo by Bill Z. Foster)

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden came to Community College of Philadelphia to announce a grant designed to truly connect college and the workplace.

By Denise Clay

When he graduated from high school, Nasir Venable’s original intention was to go off to Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

But with expenses totaling $42,000, and that’s without books and transportation, the sticker shock proved to be a little too much.

Nasir Venable (Photo: Bill Z. Foster)

Nasir Venable (Photo: Bill Z. Foster)

“It would have been difficult for me to afford,” he said.

But since he still wanted to go to college, his parents suggested that he think about the Community College of Philadelphia as an alternative.

They also steered him toward the school’s 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which made things a whole lot easier, Venable said. The scholarship, which is geared toward students eligible for federal Pell Grants, is a last dollar scholarship that covers tuition and fees that other federal and state grants don’t.

It’s allowed him to get comfortable about the collegiate experience without going into a whole lot of debt, Venable said.

“It’s definitely been a good experience for me,” he said.

Venable appeared with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden on Monday as they announced the creation of the America’s Promise Challenge grants program on Monday. The $100 million competitive grant program will provide funding to community colleges that partner with local businesses to provide tuition-free or last dollar scholarships for education and training programs geared toward helping the local economy.

As a community college professor, the program is near and dear to the heart of Jill Biden. Community College of Philadelphia was the first college to heed President Barack Obama’s call to make community colleges tuition free in 2009, so announcing the program there made sense, she said.

Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President/CEO of Community College of Philadelphia.  (Bill Z. Foster)

Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President/CEO of Community College of Philadelphia. (Bill Z. Foster)

“Community colleges are a community benefit in the truest sense,” said Jill Biden. Programs like America’s Promise allow them to provide the most help possible to the communities they serve,” she said.

“Students like Nasir are why we’re here today to celebrate the value that Community Colleges have to our communities,” continued Biden. “Community colleges offer a door to the middle class and allow people to do better for themselves.”

Programs like America’s Promise allow the country to make an investment in its people, Vice President Biden said. There is a direct correlation between the money invested in education and the increase in a nation’s Gross National Product, he said.

Using community colleges to make that investment is a win-win proposition for everyone, Vice President Biden said.

“Community colleges are our country’s best kept secret,” he said. “They’re the best place to bring workers and students together. We need a more educated workforce and community colleges are the best way to get that.”

The program will be financed through the H-1B program and will be administered through the federal Department of Labor.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Philly NAACP

April 14, 2024

March 17, 2024

Tweet Email Tweet Email Related Posts Philadelphia Judicial Primary Candidates At A Glance Guide Philadelphia Judicial Candidates...


Hank Aaron rose above racist hate mail and threats in pursuit of Ruth’s home run record 50 years ago

April 14, 2024

Tweet Email ABOVE PHOTO: Hank Aaron holds aloft the ball he hit for his 715th career home...


Mental health and the ALS community

April 13, 2024

Tweet Email BPTSponsored by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, Inc. (MTPA) Each year, an estimated 5,000-6,000 Americans are...

Election 2024

Federal data does not show a soaring number of unauthorized migrants registering to vote

April 14, 2024

Tweet Email ABOVE PHOTO: SCREEN SHOT By Melissa GoldinASSOCIATED PRESS CLAIM Social Security Administration data shows the...

Color Of Money

Five financial tips to take your business to the next level

April 5, 2024

Tweet Email BPTBy Irana Wasti, chief product officer at BILL Building a business is an incredible journey,...


Jump start the spring season by getting vaccinated against this potentially serious lung disease

April 5, 2024

Tweet Email BPT Spring is the season of new beginnings — a time when we can finally...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff