Achieving the Dream President and CEO Says Community Colleges Instrumental in Building “Women Empowerment”

Dr. Karen A. Stout Cites the Transformative Power of Education

Silver Spring, MD (June 13, 2018) – In the publication The Admired Institutions for Women Empowerment 2018, Achieving the Dream President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout says the strongest way to achieve “women empowerment” is to draw on the transformational power of education, especially the opportunities afforded by community colleges.

Participating as a member of the publication’s Expert Panel, Dr. Stout wrote “Community colleges, in particular, are places where women at any age can gain knowledge, skills, and confidence that leads to managing their own life. I have seen it happen hundreds of times—women who are first in their family to go to college, or are economically disadvantaged, or single mothers, or forced to re-enter the workforce in a new field—earn a college credential to better themselves and come out of the experience stronger, more focused, and more confident.”

Noting that more than half of all community college students are women, Dr. Stout based her comments on her 30 years of work with community colleges. Prior to serving as President and CEO at ATD, Dr. Stout was president of Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) from 2001 to 2015, where she led the college through a transformation process to improve student success. She also held leadership positions at Camden County College from 1994 to 2001, including Vice President/Campus Executive Officer, William G. Rohrer Center, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Services, and Dean, Planning, Research and Communications. A frequent speaker and writer, Dr. Stout focuses on strategies for enhancing student success and completion and accelerating and scaling innovation.

Read Dr. Stout’s full statement here.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 41 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

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