Two-year colleges are meant to be America’s quintessential institutions for the aspiring middle class. However, the latest research shows that community colleges are deeply underfunded to the point where they cannot provide the necessary support for students.

What can be done to ensure that community colleges are funded in a way that will provide students access to the strong and affordable education they need and deserve?

Join us on Thursday, April 25 at 9 a.m. to hear from former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. and a panel of experts discuss the challenges that America’s community colleges face and what we can do to fix them.

The event will coincide with the release of a new report by an expert panel of more than 20 education leaders and researchers who have been studying community college funding for the past two years.

Event Details

Thursday, April 25, 2019
8:30am – Breakfast and Registration
9:00am – Program begins
11:00am – Program ends

The National Press Club
First Amendment Lounge
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045


Secretary John B. King, Jr. @JohnBKing
Former United States Secretary of Education
President, The Education Trust

Adam Gamoran @agamoran
President, The William T. Grant Foundation

Bruce Baker @SchlFinance101
Professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University

Sara Goldrick-Rab @saragoldrickrab
Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology, Temple University

Richard Kahlenberg @RickKahlenberg
Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Hjordys Perez Matos
Recent community college student and currently a Business Analyst of HumanCapital, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Gail Mellow @GailOMellow
President, Laguardia Community College

Moderator: Ashley A. Smith
Reporter, Inside Higher Ed

Live Webcast

Tune in right here at 9am on Thursday, April 25 for the live webcast of this event.