White House Summit for Educational Excellence
December 5, 2016
Manchester Community College hosted the final White House Summit for Educational Excellence of the Obama administration – and the first of its kind in Connecticut – today, December 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium. The free event, an important initiative for college readiness and success for African American students, was attended by some 150 members of the community including K-12 and high school administrators and students. Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Dr. G. Duncan Harris welcomed guests and set up the event with a video message from John B. King, Jr., acting U.S. secretary of education. Dr. Harris noted that the summit was the launching pad for future similar events at MCC, and then handed the program over to David J. Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans and Brandon McGee, Connecticut state representative (D-Hartford, Windsor), who moderated two student panels while engaging the audience, also, in a conversation that consistently hit the themes of using the whole community, not just schools, to support academic success.