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Governor Deval Patrick

State of the Commonwealth: "I believe community colleges are uniquely positioned to help close our skills gap and get people back to work."

Download and view a transcript (PDF) of Governor Patrick's remarks on community colleges from his State of the Commonwealth address onJanuary 23, 2012.  Additional budget information from Governor Patrick's office:

Coalition Launch Announcement:
"We have a skills gap.... Many of our community colleges respond to that need right now with targeted relationships, targeted programs with businesses in their regions. But think about what we could do if we had a real unified system and how we could respond in a more complete and comprehensive way to bridging that gap, closing that gap and enabling people to move forward."

Additional materials about this announcement:

President Barack Obama

State of the Union: "Now you need to give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers- places that teach people skills that local businesses are looking for right now, from data management to high-tech manufacturing."

Download and view a transcript (PDF) of President Obama's remarks on community colleges from his State of the Union address on January 24, 2012.

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Coalition for Community Colleges
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