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US Secretary of Education Applauds DMACC

Posted 4/19/2012

Secretary Duncan says the College is helping lead the Nation by educating new high skilled workforce.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today at DMACC that President Obama is proposing to double the budget of the Federal Perkins Loan Program to $1 billion. Perkins is a low-interest loan program to help needy students earn a college degree.

Here are some important quotes from Secretary Duncan during the town hall meeting at DMACC Ankeny campus:

"DMACC is helping to lead the nation providing high skilled workers."

"We don't have a "job" shortage in the country, we have a "skills" shortage. There are 2 million high wage jobs we can't fill."

"We want every American to have at least one year of college."

"We must have relevant, rigorous, results driven training for students."

"Our young people are competing for jobs all over the world."

"We are making the Perkins announcement at DMACC today for a reason. DMACC will help lead the country to where we need to go."

"We need to better focus on education or else the world will pass us by."

U.S. Education Secretary Arnie Duncan speaks at the beginning of the town hall meeting.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks at DMACC town hall meeting.

Town Hall panel discussion

Assistant Secretary of Education, Brenda Dann-Messier (center) answers a question during the panel discussion of the town hall meeting. Panelists (left to right): DMACC President Rob Denson, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Dann-Messier, Vice President of Human Capital, Accumold, Inc., and Ankeny High School Principal Brenda Colby.

DMACC Students Meet Education Secretary 

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, second from left, visits recently with Grace Swanson, Accumold vice president of human capital, and Des Moines Area Community College students and Accumold Scholars Jeff Nichols, Latham Hobbs, Jerry Miner, and Cody Halbur at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Ankeny Campus. The DMACC students were enrolled in the college's Tool and Die program, then applied for and were accepted into the Accumold Scholars program. The students work part-time at the Accumold facility in Ankeny, while continuing to attend DMACC. Secretary Duncan was at the DMACC Ankeny Campus to attend a town hall meeting with students, business leaders, and central Iowans. Duncan also announced the Obama administration's blueprint for transforming career and technical education. © Des Moines Register

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