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October 8, 2010 South Seattle Community College faces more cuts, seeks grants
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The high-profile White House Community College Summit held Oct. 5 was led by Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of the Vice President and a community college professor for 17 years. She spoke of the community college’s role, including opening doors to new career opportunities for the unemployed. She introduced President Obama, who said of Ms. Biden, “She knows personally these colleges are the unsung heroes of America’s educational system. They may not get the credit they deserve or the same resources as other schools but they provide a gateway to millions of Americans to good jobs and a better life.”

President Obama proposed the American Graduation Initiative to pump $12 billion into community colleges and add 5 million new graduates by 2020.

Currently, however, South Seattle Community College, like all community colleges in Washington State, is getting squeezed in yet another annual budget cut.

SSCC had to cut their budget by 7-percent in the 2008-2009 academic year, then another 7 –percent in 2009-2010, and this year the governor announced more cuts, resulting in an additional 6.2- percent at SSCC, or $1.2 million.

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