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STLCC-Forest Park Hosts U.S. Secretary of Education

May 02, 2011

Arne Duncan meets with students at STLCC-Forest Park.  
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and students who gathered at STLCC-Forest Park discuss goals and obstacles that stand in the way of college completion.























U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently met with 15 St. Louis Community College students representing the Student Government Association, the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and the African-American Male Initiative during a roundtable discussion on college completion.


The event was part of an initiative by President Barack Obama's administration to host 100 roundtable discussions with young Americans across the country by the end of May. The administration's goal is to boost the national output of college degrees and reclaim the spot as the world's most educated nation. 


Students told Duncan their journeys – how they came to St. Louis Community College and what they want to do with their lives.


"Everyone's here for the right reasons," Duncan said. “You're very inspiring. Community colleges are an unrecognized gem.”  


Duncan noted that more money has been given through Pell grants in the Obama administration than ever before. Duncan talked about the importance of education in securing a good job to make a better life and provide for a family.


Duncan was head of the Chicago public schools before being tapped by Obama in January 2009 to join his administration. A basketball player at Harvard who went on to play professionally in Australia, Duncan credits the teamwork and sports work ethic for a lot of his success.


Arne Duncan with STLCC students  
STLCC students Emily Spacaj, left, and Robyn McGrade meet with U.S. Decretary of Education Arne Duncan following a discussion with more than a dozen STLCC students recently at the Forest Park campus.