AACC students respond to President Obama‘s challenge to greatly increase the number of college graduates by the year 2020. The following video was presented at the launch of AACC‘s new Student Success 2020 initiative on Dec. 1.
Approximate running time: 3:23
Student Success 2020 Video Quotes
(In order of appearance)
"President Obama, actually, his speech inspired me. It showed that we have a president who values the foundation of education."
On student success: "To lead by example and share with others how they can be successful as well."
"We are important, community colleges. Community college students are the beginning."
"I personally think that the president's speech has a personal message to step up, you know, and get done here at the community college faster and also to let other people know they should do the same."
"This is the best base you can ask for."
"We would want to kind of see it, as, like a challenge to try and get all of our people coming here to graduate and move on to four-year colleges."
Egypt Koloski, President, AACC Student Association
"President Obama's speech really shows that, as a country, if we're going to continue to be competitive with other nations, that we really need to churn out a lot more degrees and certificates in our country."
"The sooner they complete their degree the sooner they can be a part of the workforce."
On student success: "Setting goals for myself and then trying my hardest to attain those goals."
"I do believe that in a community college you find the resources needed to succeed in life."
On student success: "To me, success means learning to finish my associate's degree here at Anne Arundel Community College but also means to go to a four-year university and to go to the workforce and to also make an impact on everyone that I know."
"I feel that we need to make sure that all our programs are set up in a way that it moves students through them but also gives them the information and the training and experience that they need."
"He talked about financial aid, Pell grants; I think that is very valuable."
On student success: "Success means to me in academics, doing the best that I can."
"It really just touches home that he's talking to community colleges because education, it really is a tool to success."