Press Call on New Community College Initiative

October 5, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeff Harris
The Aspen Institute

Charles Boesel
The Joyce Foundation

Lucia Anderson
Lumina Foundation


 Press Call on New Community College Initiative


What: A new community college initiative at the Aspen Institute that will be announced at the White House Community College Summit. The event will highlight the critical role that community colleges play in developing America’s workforce and reaching our educational goals.

Initiative Partners on the Call:

Ellen Alberding, president, Joyce Foundation
Jamie Merisotis, president, Lumina Foundation  
Kerry Sullivan, president, Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Ross Wiener, executive director, Aspen Institute Program on Education and Society 

When: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 from 9 AM to 10 AM EDT 

Dial-In: Members of the media who wish to join the call should dial 866-844-2710 (no pass code necessary).

The Joyce Foundation, based in Chicago, makes grants of almost $40 million a year throughout the Great Lakes region through its programs in Education, Employment, Environment, Gun Violence, Money and Politics, and Culture. For more information, visit

Lumina Foundation for Education is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college—especially low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Our goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change. For more information, visit

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Building on a long-standing tradition of investing in the communities it serves, last year Bank of America embarked on a new, 10-year goal to donate $2 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the health and vitality of their neighborhoods. Funded by Bank of America, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave more than $200 million in 2009, making the bank one of the largest corporate cash donors in the United States.  For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, please visit

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.0 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners. For more information, visit



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