February 11, 2009 | LaGuardia Community College, Newsmakers
A fierce advocate for community college education in America, Dr. Gail Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College, is taking her message abroad. In December she traveled to Chile to help create a pilot community college with the Universidad Central in Santiago, that will assist lower income students when it opens in March 2010. “We’re helping to start a movement in Chile that will promote democratic impulses in that country,” said Dr. Mellow. She also discusses the record enrollments at community colleges across this country, and why it is imperative to invest in community colleges to meet the increased demand. “Without the American community college, there wouldn’t be a middle class,” she says.