(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College is excited to announce Martha Kanter, Ph.D., the Executive Director of America's College Promise, will be presenting on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm in RCTC’s Coffman Center room 206/208.  Dr. Kanter is a former United States undersecretary of postsecondary education, community college president, and chancellor.


America's College Promise is an initiative started by President Barack Obama's administration in 2015, and today more than 200 College Promise programs have been started in communities and states. During the program, Dr. Kanter will discuss what works in College Promise programs. All RCTC faculty, staff and the public are invited to the free and open discussion with Dr. Kanter.


America's College Promise is a commitment to fund a college education for every eligible student, advancing on the path to earn a degree, a certificate, or credits that transfer to a four-year university, starting in community colleges.  Kanter was undersecretary of postsecondary education in President Obama's administration from 2009 to 2013, when the total number of Pell Grant recipients rose from 6 million to 9 million nationwide. America's College Promise is chaired by former second lady Dr. Jill Biden and former Wyoming Governor, Jim Geringer.


The event is sponsored by RCTC, the RCTC Student Senate, GRAUC, and LeadMN, the statewide student association.


To RSVP for the America’s College Promise presentation at RCTC, contact mona.permann@rctc.edu or 507-280-5512.



Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.


The Minnesota State system consists of 37 colleges and universities with over 16,000 employees offering nearly 4,000 educational programs to nearly 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.


RCTC is a member of the Minnesota State system.