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Kentucky College President is White House 'Champion of Change'

Kentucky College President is White House 'Champion of Change'White House Highlights Dr. Barbara Veazey and West Kentucky Community & Technical College
West Kentucky Community & Technical College is located at 4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, KY 42001-6774. It is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College system.

From the White House

In an increasingly competitive global economy, America's economic strength depends upon the education and skills of its workers. In the coming years, nearly 8 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 this decade.

Each week the White House highlights 'Champions of Change' who are making an impact in their communities and helping America rise to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Today, the White House invited Dr. Barbara Veazey, president of West Kentucky Community & Technical College, to participate in a roundtable discussion on the positive impact of many community colleges across the nation. To watch this roundtable live, visit at 2pmET1pmCT, today.

During President Veazey's tenure, the college opened the Emerging Technology Center to attract new industries to the. WKCTC recently began a first-of-its-kind Maritime Technology program to train riverboat workers in the area of business and emerging technologies, with flexible scheduling to accommodate the schedules of inland mariners. These programs demonstrate WKCTC's commitment to filling the needs of local businesses, which the White house is recognizing in highlighting Dr. Veazy and WCTC as a Champion of Change.

West Kentucky Community & Technical College was also recently selected as a finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, a $1 million annual prize to recognize, reward, and inspire outstanding outcomes in community colleges nationwide.

This story was posted on 2011-09-21 12:07:41
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