WATCH: Jill Biden on why colleges inspire her

US first lady Jill Biden introduces herself as a 'community college professor of English' in new video

Julia Belgutay

Colleges lift people up, the first lady of the United States has said

Further education institutions "meet students where they are", US first lady Jill Biden has said. Dr Biden, who taught in FE prior to becoming first lady, introduced herself as "Jill Biden, community college professor of English" in the new video, published on her social media channels.

The first lady was visiting Sauk Community College in Dixon, Illinois. "What inspires me about community colleges is that they meet students where they are," Dr Biden said. "Students come here and they train for jobs. I met a woman today, a single mom. She became a welder, and now she's providing a really good income for her family." 

Jill Biden: The future first lady who’s a teacher first

News: I know how hard it is for teachers, says Jill Biden

Related: Why all teachers are like Jill Biden

"There are a lot of people who can't afford college, but this gives them the opportunity," Dr Biden said about the community college route – similar to further education institutions in the UK. 

In January, Jill Biden used her first solo address as first lady to praise teachers and promise them a "seat at the table".

Having been a further education teacher for 36 years, she most recently worked at Northern Virginia Community College. Prior to her husband becoming president of the United States, Dr Biden said she would continue to teach while living at the White House.

Register to continue reading for free

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you

Julia Belgutay

Julia Belgutay

Julia Belgutay is head of FE at Tes

Find me on Twitter @JBelgutay

Latest stories