New Commitments to Improve College Opportunity
Last January, I listened to the President ask hundreds of college presidents to increase college opportunity for all Americans. He asked them to help because a college degree remains one of the surest pathways into the middle class in America, and is an especially powerful engine of social and economic mobility.
Over this decade, nearly 8 in 10 new jobs will require some postsecondary education or training beyond high school. And of the 30 fastest growing occupations, half require a college degree. At the same time, college graduates earn an average of 77 percent more per hour than a high school graduate. President Obama set forth a goal early in his first term to guide our work in education – to lead the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.
And yesterday, I had the privilege of joining Secretary Duncan in meeting with community college leaders who have made new commitments to ensure student success, because, in order to make progress on our goal to be first in the world, we need to embrace some of the foundational challenges to college enrollment, persistence, and completion.
Our nation’s community colleges are the engines of our higher education system. As the largest part of America’s higher education system, these institutions provide the education and training to prepare our 21st century workforce and are an ideal place to raise the knowledge and skills of our workforce – and to meet the academic needs of a diverse population of learners, from recent high school graduates to adults seeking new skills
Join Us for a Maker Camp Field Trip to the White House Kitchen Garden
02:15 PM EDT
Watch the Maker Camp Field Trip below starting at 2 p.m. ET
Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford is inviting you to join a virtual Maker Camp Field Trip to the White House Kitchen Garden on Wednesday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Google and Make have come together to put on Maker Camp, a free online summer camp for building, tinkering and exploring available online and in local neighborhoods. With Maker Camp, teen inventors and artists around the world can make awesome projects, participate in epic virtual field trips and meet the world’s coolest makers. Tomorrow, Chef Comerford will give participants a look inside the First Lady’s Kitchen Garden, share tips for cooking and gardening at home, and more.
Here’s how you can join:
- Watch the virtual field trip live right here or on Maker Camp’s Google+ page on Wednesday, August 13 at 2 p.m. ET
- Got a question about the White House garden? Ask it during the event right here.
In June, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire to celebrate America’s students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future with new technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools. The event brought together more than 100 students, entrepreneurs, engineers, and researchers from 25 states all of whom love to “Make” stuff.
We hope you can “Make” it to Wednesday’s event and join the conversation live from the White House Kitchen Garden.
White House Award Ceremony with Youth and Environmental Educators
Published on Aug 12, 2014
Senior White House and Administration officials join an awards ceremony honoring recipients of the Presidential Environmental Youth Award and the Presidential innovation Award for Environmental Educators. August 12, 2014.
Statements and Releases – August 13th, 2014
Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel
President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed today by phone the ongoing negotiations in Cairo to achieve a sustainable ceasefire agreement. The President reaffirmed the United States’ support for Egypt’s mediation efforts and underscored the importance of achieving a sustainable outcome that ensures Israel’s security and addresses Gaza’s humanitarian crisis.
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the Death of Eduardo Campos
We were deeply saddened to learn of the plane crash that appears to have taken the life of Brazilian Presidential candidate Eduardo Campos as well as his travel companions. We extend our profound condolences to the family and other loved ones of the deceased and to the people of Brazil. The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with Brazil on this tragic occasion.
Giving America a Raise: A Progress Report
In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour—a move that would boost the bottom lines of businesses and increase the earnings of 28 million hardworking Americans.
It’s a commonsense proposal that Republicans in Congress continue to block—which is why President Obama took action to raise the minimum wage for workers on new federal contracts. And states, cities, and businesses across the country are doing their part, too.
A new White House report released today looks at the progress businesses and communities are making in raising the minimum wage for millions of workers. In fact, since the President first called for a minimum wage increase in 2013, 13 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to increase their minimum wage, which will benefit about 7 million workers.
The economic evidence is clear: It’s time to give America a raise. Find out how many more workers would benefit if Congress would take action to raise the wage:
Learn more about why we must act now to raise the wage and ensure a growing economy that works for everyone: www.whitehouse.gov/raise-the-wage.
Climate Change & Wildfires Explained in Less Than Three Minutes
August 05, 2014 | 2:38 | Public Domain
President Obama’s Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, explains in less than three minutes how the growing number of intense wildfires are linked in part, to climate change. Learn more athttp://wh.gov/climate-change
I have supported Barack Hussein Obama since 1997 when I first noticed him in and around the Hyde Park neighborhood. I still support him 5000%, although we disagree on Israel. This post published by
Mirrors exactly how I feel about the attention paid to the Black American community since 2009 by MY President Of The United States of America. It’s an interesting read from a Black American who sometimes thinks about things as I think about things.
Butt I’d still crawl thru hell wearing gasoline soaked boxers for Barack Hussein Obama. Even though we disagree on Palestine/Israel.
This thought provoking article is by Thought Provoking Perspectives…..
It expresses exactly how I feel at this moment in time.
Anonymous: Audio Tapes (St. Louis Dispatch)
Published on Aug 13, 2014
We are Anonymous.
These files compiled in this video contains audio of St. Louis police dispatch from the date of August 9th 2014, the day Mike Brown was murdered by a Ferguson PD officer. We have released these tapes to the public so as they are able to get a sense of the atmosphere the moments before and the hours after Mike Brown was shot.
These raw audio files have been compiled and long quiet moments have been cut down. Time stamps are available within the video.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE DISPATCH AUDIO TAPES, AUGUST 9TH 2014 11:05 AM – 6:05 PM, INCIDENT IS REPORTED AS “CROWD CONTROL PROBLEM” AT 12:05PM, NO SHOOTING MENTIONED UNTIL IT IS CALLED IN TO DISPATCH BY WITNESS. FERGUSON PD DENIES IT KNEW ANYTHING AT THAT TIME. NO EMS WAS CALLED.