U.S. Secretary of Education to Hold Town Hall Meeting at ACC March 8

Students invited to ask questions, share perspective on national higher education issues

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Please note: Seating is limited, and advance registration does not guarantee a spot. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will be streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department.

The Austin Community College District will host U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Thursday, March 8, for a town hall meeting at Eastview Campus. The event is designed to connect students, educators, business leaders, and policy makers for a discussion on topics including:

  • Changing trends in higher education
  • Aligning education programs with in-demand skills
  • The importance of community colleges in training America’s workforce

“It is an honor for the college to host the Secretary of Education, and we want to see a lot of students come out for the town hall,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. “This is a unique opportunity for ACC students to have a voice in a national conversation.”

The event will begin in the morning with roundtable discussions with students and a tour of workforce programs at Eastview Campus with Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, the assistant secretary for vocational and adult education. Secretary Duncan will arrive in the afternoon and lead the town hall discussion on the state of higher education, the growing demand for skilled workers, and how community colleges can partner with business and industry to benefit the American economy. The town hall meeting will take place 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Multipurpose Hall (Room 8500).

ACC students are invited to take part in the town hall meeting. Seating is limited, and prior registration (now closed) does not guarantee a spot. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The event will be streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department.

Interpreter services will be provided; for other accommodations, please contact John Aintablian at aint@austincc.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

The event is co-hosted by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and TechNet.

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