Dr. Jill Biden to Deliver Remarks at National Community College Conference

DREAM 2019 Focuses on Increasing College Success for Women Students and Others

MEDIA ADVISORY for Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Dr. Jill Biden, lifelong educator and honorary co-chair of the Biden Foundation, will appear before more than 2,400 community college reform leaders at the 2019 DREAM Conference to announce an initiative supported by Achieving the Dream (ATD) and the Biden Foundation. The initiative, Community College Women Succeed, aims to help adult women learners—including single parents—who are attending community college succeed and complete certificates and degrees on time.

WHO: Dr. Jill Biden, lifelong educator and honorary co-chair of the Biden Foundation

WHAT: Remarks at Achieving the Dream’s Annual Conference DREAM

WHEN: February 20, 2019 8:45 a.m. PST

WHERE: Long Beach Convention Center, Hall A, Lower Level

An unprecedented number of single mothers—11 percent of all undergraduates—are enrolled in postsecondary institutions, but most will not graduate because of the challenges they face as financially independent students who are juggling work, school, and parenting. Only eight percent of single mothers enrolled in college earn an associate or bachelor’s degree within six years, according to a report released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).


About the Biden Foundation

The Biden Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation established to carry on Vice President and Dr. Biden’s lifelong commitment to public service. Through educational programming and public policy analysis, the Foundation works to build a world where all people are equal in dignity and opportunity.  For up-to-date information on the Biden Foundation, visit bidenfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 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 equity 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 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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