U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais Continues 2019 Back to School Tour in South Dakota

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais Continues 2019 Back to School Tour in South Dakota

As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 National Back to School Tour, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais will travel to South Dakota on Wednesday, Sept. 18, to visit the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City and Oglala Lakota College in Kyle. On Thursday, Sept. 19, Zais will join Gov. Kristi Noem in a visit to T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre.

First, Dr. Zais will tour the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Paul B. Beran. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has highly ranked natural science, mathematics and engineering programs and is preparing students for in-demand, high-skilled jobs.

Dr. Zais will also visit Oglala Lakota College, the largest tribal college in the state, where he will hold a roundtable discussion with students, faculty, staff and department chairs at their administrative headquarters.

On Thursday, Dr. Zais will visit T.F. Riggs High School with Gov. Kristi Noem and South Dakota’s Secretary of Education, Ben Jones and Deputy Secretary of Education, Mary Stadick Smith. They will visit career and technical education classrooms focused on wildlife and fisheries and vehicle maintenance. Following the first part of the tour, there will be a brief media availability where Gov. Noem will discuss the Week of Work pilot and Dr. Zais will discuss how Secretary DeVos’ education freedom scholarship proposal could expand CTE programs like this one to meet students needs.

Who :

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais

What :

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

When :

School tour 9:30-11 a.m. MDT
Press Q&A 11 a.m. MDT

Where :

501 E. St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, South Dakota 

Credentialed media interested in attending the event must RSVP to press@ed.gov by 7 a.m. MDT, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Include the name of the school/event in the subject line of your message. A valid media credential and photo ID will be required for access to the event. You can also follow the 2019 tour on social media at #EducationFreedomTour. 


Who :

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais

What :

T.F. Riggs High School tour

When :

Tour with Dr. Zais and Gov. Noem – 8:30-8:50 a.m. CDT
Press Q & A – 8:50 a.m. CDT
Tour continues with Zais 8:55-9:45 a.m. CDT

Where :

T.F. Riggs High School
1010 E Broadway Ave,
Pierre, South Dakota

Credentialed media interested in attending the event must RSVP to press@ed.gov by 7 a.m. CDT, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Include the name of the school/event in the subject line of your message. A valid media credential and photo ID will be required for access to the event.
You can also follow the 2019 tour on social media at #EducationFreedomTour.