Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, College Possible Chicago Executive Director Christine Poorman, and College Possible Founder and CEO Jim McCorkell at College Possible Chicago’s breakfast discussion of the national degree divide.
A Discussion of the Degree Divide with former u.s. secretary of education Arne Duncan
On June 1, Former U.S. Education Secretary and Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan visited College Possible Chicago for a discussion of inequities in America’s higher education system.
“It was a truly inspiring morning,” says College Possible Chicago Executive Director Christine Poorman. “The energy ignited in that room was powerful, and will help fuel our efforts to bring transformative change to Chicago in the weeks and years to come.”
In addition to Former Secretary Duncan, the event featured CPS graduate and author of A New Day One, Rodney Walker. Together, the speakers highlighted the most promising solutions to Chicago’s income-driven disparity in degree attainment, while recognizing the barriers low-income students continue to face across the city.
Lake View junior Jocelyne Martinez also spoke at the event, sharing how College Possible has helped her overcome the barriers she and many other low-income students face on the path to higher education; “Lots of people I know have regrets, but I know I will never regret joining College Possible. Before I didn’t know how I would get out of my neighborhood. Now I know that I’m going to go to college.”
“Creating a level playing field for our low-income students is not only the right thing to do, it’s the only way to maintain a strong local workforce in a competitive economy. We were honored to welcome Secretary Duncan to discuss what it will take to ensure that our most talented young people are empowered to become Chicago’s next generation of leaders, regardless of their income,” says College Possible CEO and Founder Jim McCorkell.
College Possible Chicago launched in September, and has reached over 140 students in their core program and over 350 students through citywide college workshops this school year.