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NCTC administrator attends Rural Community College Alliance Day

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Jul 20, 2017

North Central Texas College Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Dr. Emily Klement recently returned from the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) Day on the Hill event in Washington, DC. on July 18. Klement was among 15 representatives from across the country representing community colleges at several events which included the Department of Education, USDA and U.S. Representatives and members of the Senate staff.

Included was a round table meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, where each representative spoke to her on the critical needs of rural America in areas of workforce education, economic development and access for students and communities. The group met with the USDA Rural Development team which included Anne Hazlett, assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture for rural and economic development. The afternoon was filled with meetings with chief aides and assistants to U.S. Congressmen and Senators.  The day ended with a reception in the Department of Agriculture and was attended by several congressmen and senate aides, most of which serve on Agriculture or Rural Affairs committees.

RCCA and USDA have partnered since 2012 in several areas, such as Rural Telemedicine and Distance Learning programs, along with Community Facilities Development. The Department of Agriculture realizes that a strong community college presence leads to a stronger local workforce, economic development and the opportunity for people to live, thrive and work in rural America. There are 600 community colleges across the country that are considered rural-serving institutions, including North Central Texas College.

 

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NCTC Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Dr. Emily Klement (left) recently met U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (right) at the Rural Community College Alliance Day on the Hill event in Washington, D.C.