Access and innovation are key pillars in building bridges of opportunity for our nation's students. No sector of higher education has been more committed to this goal than America's private sector colleges and universities.
If this is our vision, Jack McCartan can be credited with making this dream a reality. Jonathan Potts, the director of public relations for Robert Morris College of Pittsburgh put it best when he said, "A lot of the things that have happened in the past 20 years really can be traced back to Jack McCartan."
Like his father before him, Jack understood the role of postsecondary career education. A pioneer in every sense of this passion, Jack served as a director for Berkeley Colleges in New York; as Chair of the Bradford School Corporation that expanded eight private career institutions in the northeast; as President of Robert Morris College in Chicago; as Chair of the Board for York Technical Institute in York; as Chair of the Board for the New York Restaurant School; as President of Pittsburgh Technical Institute; as Chair of the Board for the Teacher Excellence Center; and as trustee of many similar colleges.
Jack completed his service here on earth on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. But the benefits of his leadership and work will be felt for many years to come. In addition to Jack's personal work, he never resisted the call to national service in postsecondary career education. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for APSCU's predecessor organization, the Career College Association. He served as a member of the Accrediting Commission for the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training. He was a true inspiration and mentor for APSCU's Leadership Institute for many years.
Millions of students – in those schools he led, and in those schools inspired by his leadership across the sector – are better citizens today because of Jack McCartan. All of us, especially the Board and staff of APSCU, extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Margaret Stefan McCartan, his family and his PTI family. We thank them for sharing this incredible leader with all of us.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.