For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 2, 2005
March 2, 2005
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN A CONVERSATION ON JOB TRAINING
Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, Maryland
10:00 A.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. (Applause.) I appreciate the
warm welcome. (Applause.) Thanks for coming. Please be seated. Thank
you all. Go ahead and be seated. We've got some work to do. We're here
to talk about an important issue, and that is how to make sure people
get the skills necessary to fill the jobs of the 21st century. That's
what we're here to talk about. No better place to talk about that than
at a community college which is working. And we're here at a good
community college. (Applause.)
I want to thank Marty Smith. She is one of our panelists. As you can
see, we've got a distinguished panel. You're about to hear some
interesting stories that I think will pertain to -- will make why I
believe the community college system is vital to the future of our
country real evident to you. The Governor is here. How about that?
Governor Ehrlich, appreciate you coming. (Applause.) And we've got
Kendel, First Lady. (Applause.) And we've got Drew. Mom and Dad here?
Mom and Dad -- still listening to Mom, aren't you?
GOVERNOR EHRLICH: Absolutely.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, so am I. (Laughter.) Laura sends her best. She's
back at the White House. She wants to say hello to her friends in
Maryland. She's doing great. (Applause.) She and I are going to go
Pittsburgh next week to talk about her initiative, which I embrace
whole-heartedly, and that is how to help young men realize the great
promise of this country, how to fight off the temptation to join gangs
and instead join society as a productive citizen. Part of that is to
make sure the education system works well. So we're here on an
education mission, really, to make sure education is relevant.
I want to thank Jim Fielder, who's the Secretary of Labor for the
state of Maryland. I appreciate you being here, Jim. (Applause.)
A couple of things I want to say. First of all, freedom is on the