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21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges will influence future of nearly 1,200 institutions serving more than 6 million students.

DETROIT – A powerful voice has been added to an influential group tasked with determining the best ways to dramatically boost the number of citizens with post-secondary degrees with the appointment of Wayne County Community College District’s Chancellor Dr. Curtis Ivery to the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.

The Commission, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, aims to set forth a bold new vision for the nation’s community colleges – one that will safeguard the fundamental mission of American community colleges while ensuring that diverse and often under served students attain a high-quality college education. The Commission’s final report promises to shape the efforts of nearly 1,200 institutions serving more than 6 million credit students, or nearly half of all undergraduates nationwide.

“I’m honored to participate on a Commission that will play a critical role in shaping our front-line education institutions,” Dr. Ivery said. “We are tasked with not only providing our nation with the innovative, highly-skilled workforce that we will need to thrive in the new century, but to accelerate what we have done in the past – provide all who come through our doors with the knowledge and passion they need to influence change in their communities and lives.”

“I’m particularly proud to bring the many voices and insights gleaned from those in our region to the esteemed group,” he said. “Detroit and its surrounding communities are known for their ingenuity, courage and relentless focus on innovation.

These are precisely the characteristics that will fuel our nation’s success as we move forward.

“We, as a region, have much to contribute to the Commission,” he said.

Read more about Dr. Ivery’s appointment in Detroit’s Premier Business Journal HERE

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