Education Secretary: Community Colleges Key for Growth

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is highlighting the importance of community colleges in creating economic growth and helping people find jobs.

DeVos is addressing a forum of education leaders in Washington. She's praising community colleges as "essential engines" for the economy.

"Community colleges are a uniquely American national asset," DeVos said. "You are nimble, you are inclusive, you are entrepreneurial."

DeVos was confirmed for the job last week after a rocky nomination battle involving protests, appeals and opposition from two Republican senators. Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos by the slimmest possible margin.

DeVos sought to frame her experience positively, calling the process "an expression of passion." She says, "I applaud it."


The February issue of Hispanic Outlook will be featuring the top community colleges for Hispanics in the nation, as well as further information about the new secretary of education.  Visit on Tuesday, March 21 to view the online version of this special issue.