SUNY Chancellor Zimpher Applauds President Barack Obama for Launching the Community College Competition

April 25, 2016

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher provided the following statement today after President Barack Obama launched the $100 million competition to increase student access to community college.

"President Obama is a champion for providing opportunities for the millions of Americans who want to earn a college degree, at a time when it’s more important than ever to have the skills that come with a college education.

"The president also truly understands the important role community colleges play as a gateway to higher education and opportunity. SUNY’s 30 community colleges throughout New York State are models for higher education-business partnerships, working closely together to make sure a degree earned prepares a student to be both marketable and successful in the workplace."

Chancellor Zimpher is a member of College Promise, a national advisory board that convened following the launch of College Promise Campaign in 2015.

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