Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier to Visit Las Vegas as Part of 2012 Cross-Country Back-To-School Bus Tour Promoting Education

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Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier to Visit Las Vegas as Part of 2012 Cross-Country Back-To-School Bus Tour Promoting Education

"Education Drives America" to Link Education and the Economy; Highlight Disconnected Youth and Adult, Career and Technical Education Programs

September 4, 2012

As part of the U.S. Department of Education's third annual back-to-school bus tour, on Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 11, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier will visit Las Vegas, where she will tour local adult, career and technical education programs and hold roundtable discussions on disconnected youth, adult education, and career pathways.

"America's future is directly linked to the quality of education that we provide our children, young people and adults," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who will officially kick off the tour on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Redwood City, Calif. "This bus tour is an opportunity to highlight what's working and create momentum for education reforms that improve the lives of all students."

Secretary Duncan and his senior leaders are crisscrossing the country from Sept. 12-21, leading a series of events that reinforce the message that Education Drives America. Besides Las Vegas, some of the other stops include Sacramento, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Salt Lake City; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Denver; Topeka, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Richmond, Va.; and Washington, D.C.

Dann-Messier will begin her visit to Las Vegas with a tour of the Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy, where she also will hold a roundtable discussion with local officials, teachers, and students. Later that day, Dann-Messier will head to Desert Rose Adult High School and Career Center where she will host two additional roundtables on career pathways and disconnected youth. Participants will include Desert Rose students, faculty, staff members, and Clark County youth service providers who are working to re-engage disconnected youth.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Dann-Messier will tour the College of Southern Nevada and hold a roundtable discussion on adult education and career pathways with students and faculty.

Dann-Messier leads the Department's efforts in adult education and career and technical education, as well as efforts supporting community colleges and correctional education. In April, the Department released the Obama Administration's blueprint for transforming career and technical education. Dann-Messier joined Secretary Duncan to announce proposed reforms that will improve the quality of job-training opportunities that reduce skill shortages, spur business growth, encourage new investment and employment, and spark innovation and economic growth.

More specific details about the bus tour stop in Las Vegas will become available as the time for the events draws closer. For live, up-to-the-minute updates from the road, follow the Education Drives America tour on Twitter using the hashtag, #edtour12, or visit the Department's bus tour blog. To receive media advisories, press releases, notifications about postings to the blog, and other special updates during the tour, subscribe to the Department's Education Drives America e-mail updates by clicking here.