Education for the Future: High School is not Enough
High school is no longer the finish line. In the 1950s and 60s college was not necessary for a job or a career that would support a family. Today, however, the vast majority of those who do not go beyond high school are doomed to a life of low skill-low wage jobs and they will always be in danger of being the first to be laid off during difficult economic times.
This is a joint presentation with the Charlottesville- Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) and Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) that explores the role of the American Community College in preparing the country’s workforce for middle class aspirations, with a special examination of an innovative approach that has been proposed in the Charlottesville community that fosters collaboration and a consistent trajectory from high schools to community colleges to leading universities such as U.Va.
Frank Friedman serves as President of Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. As President, he provides leadership and management for an institution of 5,500 students, 150 full-time faculty and staff, and a budget of over $24 million. Dr. Friedman has served as a faculty member and an administrator in community colleges since 1977. Prior to becoming President of PVCC in 1999, he served as Executive Vice President of Austin Community College in Texas. He has experience as a chief academic officer, chief student services officer, director of institutional research and planning, and as a faculty member in psychology and education.
Dr. Friedman has a doctorate in educational psychology and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College. Dr. Friedman has served on national higher education advisory commissions with the American Association of Community Colleges and The College Board. He served six years as a Commissioner of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and served three years as the elected Virginia representative to the 13-member Executive Council of the Commission. In Charlottesville, Dr. Friedman is on the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way, the Jefferson School Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Village, and serves as First Vice President of the Charlottesville Regional Chairman of Commerce.