Bill Gates Speaks to 2,000 Community College Trustees, Presidents About Innovation, Technology, and the Future of Higher Education

Bill Gates headlined the 2013 ACCT Leadership Congress, discussing massive open online courses (MOOCs) and the future of innovation in higher education.

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Bill Gates at 44th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

Nearly 2,000 community college trustees, presidents, and national and state leaders gathered at the 44th Annual Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress. The 2013 ACCT Congress was held October 2-5 in at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

"ACCT and our colleagues at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the American Association of Community Colleges and others," ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown said, "have dedicated themselves to student success and achievement through increased educational attainment. This year's ACCT Leadership Congress served to turn the best thinking to action."

Brown, the author of the 2013 Bellwether Book Award-winning First in the World: Community Colleges and America's Future interviewed keynote speaker Bill Gates at the ACCT Congress opening general session on Wednesday.

Bill Gates, now co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Wednesday touted the potential of technology to improve student support systems, targeted instruction, and other administrative services. "The innovation opportunity at the community college level is starting to change," he told a standing-room only crowd at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle Wednesday evening. "By getting ahead of that, it gives you time to shape it for the exact student body you've got and the needs they have."

Video of Gates's speech and Brown's interview with Gates can be viewed at: http://www.acct.org/video.

A transcript of Gates's speech (not including Q&A) is posted on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation website at: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Media-Center/Speeches/2013/10/Bill-Gates-Association-of-Community-College-Trustees.

More information about the 44th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress is available at: http://www.acct.org/news/2000-community-college-trustees-presidents-convene-seattle-move-needle-student-success.

ABOUT ACCT

Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. ACCT's purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical, and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state, and national levels. For more information, visit http://www.acct.org. Follow ACCT on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/CCTrustees.


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Students thank Bill Gates for his commitment to America's community college students. Students thank Bill Gates for his commitment to America's community college students.

Students thank Bill Gates for his commitment to America's community college students.