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Student Success 2020

Inspired by the goals set forth by President Obama in 2009 to help an additional 5 million Americans earn degrees and certifications in the next decade, AACC responded with Student Success 2020. The following events and stories are just some of the many highlights of this important college initiative.

AACC Student's Story for the Maryland Association of Community Colleges 
January 2012. Read about AACC student Angel Traynor’s inspiring story in her own words. Learn about how she changed her life around from one of addiction and abuse to helping others through her own addiction counseling center.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis Visits AACC
On Sept. 28, 2011, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis visited AACC to tour the campus, meet with students and speak at a press conference to discuss the award of $500 million in national job training and retraining grants to U.S. colleges. One of those colleges is AACC which will lead a 10-college consortium in nine states as part of a $19.7 million grant to provide training in high-demand jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. AACC President Dr. Martha Smith, ARINC Director Fredrick Ferrer and AACC student Marlena Clark also spoke. Learn more.

AACC Student Invited to Sit with First Lady Michelle Obama
On Sept 8, 2011, Marlena Clark was seated in the First Lady's box at President Obama's address to both houses of Congress. Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, learned about our outstanding programs when she visited Anne Arundel Community College last year. Watch Marlena's interview at the White House on YouTube!

Dr. Jill Biden Visits AACC
On Sept. 15, 2010, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter visited an AACC pastry course and held a roundtable discussion with students and faculty about student success at community colleges. Learn more about Dr. Biden's visit.

AACC Participates in White House Summit
On Oct. 5, 2010, the White House hosted the first White House Summit on Community Colleges, chaired by Dr. Jill Biden. The event brought together community colleges, business, philanthropy, federal and state policy leaders, and students to discuss how community colleges can better meet the nations' job training and education needs.

AACC was pleased to have both a faculty member professor Jen Lara and student Catherine Cornish participate in the event. Read Lara’s reflections about participating and see their photos from the White House. Both Lara and Cornish participated in the student roundtable during Dr. Jill Biden and Undersecretary Martha Kanter’s visit to AACC. See photos from that day.