Graduate School USA’s Dr. Jerry Ice Participates in DC Chamber of Commerce Policy Forum

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“How Washington, DC Universities Shape Our Economy”

Graduate School USA’s CEO and President, Dr. Jerry Ice, recently joined area university presidents at a Chamber of Commerce Policy Forum entitled “How Washington, DC Universities Shape Our Economy” moderated by the Honorable Vincent C. Gray, Mayor of the District of Columbia.

The group held a lively discussion on how District universities help create jobs and foster the economic vitality of the city. Participants included Dr. Allen Sessoms – University of the District of Columbia; Dr. Steven Knapp – George Washington University; Patricia McGuire Esq. – Trinity Washington University; Dr. Sidney Ribeau – Howard University; and Graduate School USA’s Dr. Ice.

“Universities are DC’s largest private employers, and participate in city growth in numerous ways,” said Barbara Lang, President, DC Chamber of Commerce. “They contribute to social well-being through pro bono assistance programs, and to economic health not just through job creation but purchasing as well.”

According to a report by the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, in 2010, universities as a whole spent $1.42 billion in the city of Washington, DC.

“Graduate School USA has a long history as a major provider of training in the federal government,” said Dr. Jerry Ice, CEO and President, Graduate School USA. “There is also a deep interest by DC residents in careers in public and government service and Graduate School USA would like to create opportunities for students to prepare for those careers.”

Discussion also centered around the growing need in the DC area for skilled workers in the allied health fields. Several of the schools represented, including Graduate School USA, provide complementary education and training in these expanding professions.

About Graduate School USA
Dedicated to providing relevant learning opportunities in public service, Graduate School USA has served the DC metro community since 1921. An independent, nonprofit accredited educational institution, the School is dedicated to academic excellence and lifelong learning. Services include individual assessments, career-related courses, certificate and degree programs, continuing education, and distance learning. Graduate School USA has recently expanded its mission to reflect a greater emphasis on preparing the residents of the District of Columbia for long-term careers. More information can be found at

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