The president of the nation's largest community college is the guest speaker at The Houston Forum Tuesday night.Î¾ Houston has the second-largest community college in the country.Î¾ Tom Snyder from Indiana's Ivy Tech Community College is discussing how those colleges can help put Americans to work.Î¾
"We have a workforce and economic development program where we have offices throughout the state and we partner with industry.Î¾ We also look at the 50 hot jobs that are described in our particular state.Î¾ Yours may be more energy-related than ours, so it depends on the state, but we reach out and we work with industry to develop custom programs."
Snyder's system in Indiana has seen double-digit growth, doubling in size over ten years.Î¾
"Community college is below the radar screen.Î¾ The monies that were allocated in the stimulus — little of that made its way to community colleges, which is really probably the most critical for preserving our middle class.Î¾ There's no easy statutory vehicle by which funds can go directly to the community colleges.Î¾ As critical as we are, where we're getting double-digit growth but not double-digit funding increases from the state and municipalities, we're not going to be able to do what needs to be done to re-tool America."Î¾Î¾
Houston Community College says it returns over $1 billion to the local economy each year through earnings of former students, faculty and staff, and is responsible for the creation of 30,000 jobs each year.Î¾
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.Î¾