Just Vocational Schools?February 13, 2018 |
by DeRionne Pollard
As the president of a community college less than 10 miles from the White House, I was surprised to hear that President Donald Trump believes “many people don’t know what a community college means or represents” and that schools like mine should instead be considered “vocational schools,” a moniker of an earlier era. (Spoken to Republican members of Congress at a retreat on Jan. 31, 2018.)
Roughly 12 million students are enrolled in community colleges in the nation — about 45 percent of all U.S. undergraduates — which tells me that many people understand what we do.