for Education Success has organized a summit in cooperation with Ecotech
Institute to prepare the New American Workforce.
The college focuses on preparing graduates
for careers in clean technology, policymakers and experts in
higher education, business, renewable energy, government, non-profits
and policy think tanks.
Summit participants will tackle the fragile U.S. economy and how it can be
strengthened through higher education-wide measures that address the
challenges and opportunities for students, employers and administrators.
Featured speakers include U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, The New York
Times columnist Joe Nocera, Van Schoales of Education Reform Now,
Dusti Gurule of the U.S. Department of Labor and Neal McCluskey of the
Participants will discuss the role that career colleges have
played to place graduates in growing sustainable-industry
jobs in fastest growing sectors like healthcare,
engineering and green technologies.
Career colleges have a proven track record of preparing students for
“At this pivotal moment for the American economy and higher education,
the Coalition is fostering a dialogue on how partnerships between the
higher education sector and employers can help fill the skills gap and
restore America’s leadership in higher education.”- Penny Lee
“The new career colleges initiatives should help ensure they are
preparing students for the 21st century workforce without
causing them to amass astronomical debt.” – Michael Bennet Senator Colorado
“I want to welcome the important national and local education leaders
who have gathered at the Summit today. Higher Education and job training
are critical issues for both our nation, as well as our local
community.” – Michael B. Hancock Mayor Denver
Summit on Higher Education’s Role in Preparing the New American
The Summit will include three panel discussions that will explore the
challenges higher education and America face today.
The first panel, Hire Education: Examining What Skills Define a
“Career Ready” College Graduate, will provide a summary of job
training programs that prepare graduates of career colleges and other
institutions to find competitive jobs in America’s fastest growing
Panelists will discuss the barriers to employment workers
currently face due to the skills gap, and how employers can work with
institutions of higher education to better prepare tomorrow’s workforce.
The second panel, Extreme Makeover – Higher Education Edition:
Injecting Innovative Policies into Higher Education, will provide
panelists and attendees the opportunity to discuss current higher
“At a time when the country is in dire need of sustainable job
opportunities for trained workers, career colleges continue to work hard
to make sure events like the Summit address student and employer needs.”
– Avy Stein and Lincoln Frank, co-chairmen of the Coalition.
“Our sector’s message is clear: career colleges help millions of students and
provide essential workforce training. We will continue to develop best
practices as we move forward to meet the economy’s demand for better
The Summit will also address the need for a single regulatory standard
for all of higher education. The Foundation
for Educational Success recently released Standards of Responsible
Conduct and Transparency outlining key operating principle and student
protections for institutions of higher education.