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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 11/9/2020

News and Events for the week of November 9

Good Monday Morning LACC Family:

This week is there is much to celebrate. After the rollercoaster ride of last week’s election race, we now have a new president who is dedicated to providing education access for everyone, uniting the country, and bringing transparency, civility and respect to the White House and the nation – President-elect Biden.

We also have a new First Lady who is a life-long educator and community college instructor. Dr. Jill Biden believes that community colleges are “one of America’s best kept secrets.” While on the campaign trail, Dr. Biden shared her husband’s proposal to make community colleges a central component of his education, workforce and economic plans when he is elected president. Community colleges played a key role in the Obama administration’s plan for economic recovery during the past recession. We expect that President-elect Biden will again make community colleges central to the current economic recession by offering two years of community college at no cost to students, including Dreamers and part-time students. His plans also include ensuring colleges have guidelines and protective equipment to prevent the spread of coronavirus; invest to make sure students have broadband and technology for remote learning; create new grant programs to assist in improving student success; and assistance with other expenses for students.

January will also bring us a first in history – Kamala Harris will be the first woman, and the first woman of color - Black and Asian, to become vice president. Harris spent much of her career as a prosecutor before being elected to the Senate in 2016. The picture below is a representation of the vice presidents throughout our history. No matter your politics, this is a substantial change. I had the privilege of meeting Vice President-elect Harris on Labor Day of 2019 and she is a very kind and caring person who is about change and progress. I have great hope.