Friday, January 31, 2014 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Community College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez joined a prestigious group of CEOs and other community and business leaders on January 31, 2014, at the White House for an important “Opportunity for All” summit, hosted by President Barack Obama aimed at helping the long-term unemployed.

"I'm honored to be part of this White House summit on helping the long-term unemployed. Hostos is located in a community with close to a 14 percent unemployment rate, which is double the national average,” said Matos Rodríguez. “We are committed to continuing to partner with our local and regional businesses to help them identify and hire well-trained workers. We commend President Obama, Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and Bronx Borough President Díaz, Jr. for their efforts, as we pledge to continue our efforts to expand our workforce training partnerships and programs."

Today’s important event was attended by CEOs from some of the nation’s largest companies who agreed to take steps to help give the long-term unemployed a fair shot at a job, and will announce new steps to expand partnerships that connect the long-term unemployed to good jobs.

President Matos Rodríguez also attended a similar summit at the White House on January 16, 2014, with other university presidents and leaders from nonprofits, foundations, state governments and businesses across the country on increasing support for low-income college students.

The White House has outlined the Opportunity For All initiative on its website.

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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.