Hostos Community College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez Presented at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Symposium Date: June 11, 2014 Time: 10:41 AM On Monday, June 9, 2014, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez presented at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) educational symposium Postsecondary Access and Completion for All: Latina/os in America’s Future. The symposium was sponsored by the WHIEEH in partnership with the Postsecondary Education Subcommittee of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The White House’s press announcement stated that the two-day symposium brought together some 100 policymakers, educators, and stakeholders for discussions on three key areas: the community college completion agenda; workforce development; and the Administration's college/university rating system, which is now being developed. President Matos Rodríguez’s involvement with community college completion and workforce development has made him an influential figure in the nation’s urban education initiatives. About Hostos Community College Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services. Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.