Michigan Education Association

MEA commends President Obama for strong stand for community colleges, students

Statement from MEA President Iris K. Salters

President ObamaEAST LANSING, Mich., July 14, 2009 – Regarding President Barack Obama’s remarks on community colleges in Warren this afternoon, the following statement can be attributed to MEA President Iris K. Salters:

“This afternoon, President Obama issued a challenge to America’s community colleges to be key players in aiding our economic recovery through training a great workforce – and he backed up that challenge with $12 billion worth of resources to help community colleges make it happen. He also challenged students to commit to education beyond high school – a step that is critical to being ready for the 21st century jobs that await them. The Michigan Education Association commends President Obama for embracing these two key beliefs that our members across Michigan share.

“Michigan’s community colleges have long been centers of excellence in post-secondary education and job training for students of all ages. MEA members at community colleges – just as those in other K-12 and higher education institutions across the state – are proud to prepare students for the jobs Michigan needs.

“That preparation takes many forms – from helping students transition from high school to a four-year institution, providing access to critical training so students can fulfill dreams of holding  high-tech jobs, or opening new doors for job seekers looking to refine their skills or start new careers. 

“In every area, MEA’s members are committed to serving students’ needs and living up to the challenge President Obama has placed before us to provide great community colleges for great Michigan communities.”

Detroit Free Press – Obama in Warren: New skills are key (http://www.freep.com/article/20090715/NEWS06/907150345/Obama-in-Warren--New-skills-are-key)

Detroit News – Obama pledges $12B for community colleges (http://www.detnews.com/article/20090715/POLITICS02/907150361/1014/rss03)

Transcript of Obama remarks (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-on-the-American-Graduation-Initiative-in-Warren-MI/)


Contact: Kerry Birmingham, Media Relations Specialist 248-241-7222     

 “The mission of the MEA is to ensure that the education of our students and the working environments of our members are of the highest quality.”

Updated: October 26, 2009 11:29 AM