GCC President to Attend Feb. 28 U.S. DOE Community College Regional Summit

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gateway Community College President Dr. Dorsey L. Kendrick has been invited to attend the first of four U.S. Department of Education Community College Regional Summits, which will be held Feb. 28 in Philadelphia.

The summits will bring together 150 participants from surrounding states — representatives from community colleges, business and industry, philanthropy, labor, state and local government, and students — to explore and take to scale strategies that work in helping students succeed. Each of the four summits will have a different focus and will be held in a different part of the country.

The Feb. 28 summit will explore “Transitioning Adult Learners to Community Colleges and the Workforce” and offer five breakout sessions:  Transitions To and Through Community Colleges; Developmental Education; Business Partnerships; College Affordability, and; Completion Goals.

The summits are designed to continue the conversation begun Oct. 5 when Dr. Jill Biden, a community college instructor for the past 17 years and Vice President Joseph Biden’s wife, chaired the White House Summit on Community Colleges. The White House summit offered an opportunity to share strategies and recommendations for meeting President Obama's 2020 goal for the United States to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.



GCC offers more than 85 associate degree and certificate programs and serves more than 11,000 credit and non-credit students each year. GCC is currently located on two campuses — at 60 Sargent Drive on Long Wharf in New Haven and at 88 Bassett Road in North Haven. Work began in the fall of 2009 on a new state-of-the art campus in downtown New Haven, which is slated to open in 2012 and will be the state’s first public building gold-certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

GCC serves students in 24 towns and cities in the greater New Haven area, including: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Bridgeport, Cheshire, Clinton, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge. For more information, visit www.gwcc.commnet.edu.