U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will receive the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) 2014 Harry S. Truman Award in recognition of her work to make skills and workforce development a priority at this weeks AACC Convention.
Pritzkers role in launching Skills for Americas Future and Skills for Chicagolands Future was cited by AACC, in addition to her efforts at the Department of Commerce and her work as a business and civic leader.
The Truman Award is given to an organization or individual who has had a major positive impact on community colleges at a national level. Previous recipients of the award included U.S. Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Coca-Cola Company and U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy.