Education Secretary: Community colleges key for growth

Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Betsy DeVos
President Donald Trump looks at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as he speaks during a meeting with parents and teachers, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is highlighting the importance of community colleges in creating economic growth and helping people find jobs.

DeVos is addressing a forum of education leaders in Washington. She’s praising community colleges as “essential engines” for the economy.

“Community colleges are a uniquely American national asset,” DeVos said. “You are nimble, you are inclusive, you are entrepreneurial.”

DeVos was confirmed for the job last week after a rocky nomination battle involving protests, appeals and opposition from two Republican senators. Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos by the slimmest possible margin.

DeVos sought to frame her experience positively, calling the process “an expression of passion.” She says, “I applaud it.”