The Presidential Planner

By MichaelJames

Oct 5, 2010 7:00am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

After his morning briefings, President Obama will sign S.1055, a bill to grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.

In the early afternoon, President Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president, will host the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges at the White House.

During the summit, the administration will highlight two public-private commitments that it believes will help prepare the community college workforce better.

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation will announce the “Completion by Design” program, which Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes told reporters will aim to “dramatically improve” community college graduation rates by “building on proven and existing practices to implement model pathways that will make the community college experience much more responsive to the students who are attending those colleges to ensure they are reaching their education goals.” The announcement will come complete with a competitive grant program, a $35 million investment over five years.

The second announcement will be made by the Aspen Institute, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation and the charitable foundations of JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. Called the “Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence,” the program will award a $1 million annual prize to “recognize, reward and inspire outstanding outcomes in community colleges nationwide.”

The summit will bring together community college leaders, community college former students, business and organized labor to discuss what more can be done to help community colleges succeed and create a valuable, successful work force. Later in the afternoon, the president and the first lady will host the Diplomatic Corps Reception for the foreign diplomatic corps in the East Room of the White House.

In the evening, the president will address the 2010 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., where he is expected “to talk about the impact of women in business on the economy and the steps we can take together to ensure that America remains competitive over the long term,” according to the White House.

- Sunlen Miller

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