In a lengthy address to Congress last night, education was one of the many topics that President Obama touched on.

Obama essentially challenged all Americans to seek more education and career training.

“I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training,” Obama says. “This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. 

“But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma,” he says. “And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It’s not just quitting on yourself, it’s quitting on your country – and this country needs and values the talents of every American.

Read the full text of Obama’s remarks to Congress.

On behalf of UT Professional & Personal Development, I hope East Tennesseans will rise to meet Obama’s challenge this year.

We offer numerous non-credit programs and certifications for career and personal growth. If you’d like to learn more, e-mail me.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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