White House Rural Council Seeks Greater Collaboration with Community Colleges as Way of Increasing Support for Rural America

Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov

Event Date 1: March 02, 2012 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White will speak about the value of community colleges to the economic future of rural America during a meeting of the White House Rural Council this morning at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The Obama Administration, through a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Rural Community College Alliance and the American Association of Community Colleges, will leverage USDA resources to increase the availability of capital for educational facilities and to provide technical assistance with the goal of improving the accessibility and quality of education in rural communities.

Event 1
Who : Doug McKalip, Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs White House Domestic Policy Council
Martha Kanter, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
John White, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Dallas Tonsagar, Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Doug O'Brien, Deputy Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tom Morris, Associate Administrator, Office of Rural Health Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Stephen Katsinas, Chairman, Rural Community Colleges Alliance; and
20 rural community college presidents
What : Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony with rural community colleges
When : 10 a.m. ET, Friday, March 2, 2012
Where : White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street
Room 430 B/C
Washington, D.C.