VP Biden joins wife at DCCC to talk community colleges

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — Vice President Joe Biden joined his wife Friday at Davidson County Community College as they continue stumping for the Obama Administration’s push for community colleges.

The vice president joined Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis at DCCC in Lexington to mark the end of a three-day bus tour through key election states. Their message is that community colleges have an important role in training workers to meet emerging business needs.

“It’s not just about creating jobs, it’s about creating decent-paying jobs,” Vice President Biden said Friday in Lexington.

Biden talked about the important of education, promising the next generation will hear as much about insourcing as the previous generation heard about outsourcing.

“Investing in education is a matter of national security,” VP Biden said, adding investment in education is important for everyone.

While at DCCC, Vice President Biden toured a lab for automated manufacturing at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville this morning and told college leaders, “You guys are the future.”

Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, visited the lab around 10:45 a.m. Friday, accompanied by U.S Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

During the visit, leaders showed Biden how the college has embarked on a path to retrain workers affected by wrenching economic changes that have come with the decline of traditional industries such as furniture and textiles.

The Bidens and Solis are in North Carolina to promote a national initiative for job training in community colleges.

In her remarks, Solis praised the college for the way it responded to the changing economy by creating community partnerships and working with economic developers to lure new business.

“For the last 18 years I’ve seen … the power of community colleges to change lives,” said Jill Biden, who teaches English at a community college. “Not only can they lives, they can change America.”

Jill Biden was a community college instructor for 18 years. Solis is a former community college trustee.

The tour also visited Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia over the past week.

The Winston-Salem Journal contributed to this report.

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