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First Lady visits Sauk Valley Community College

Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 6:31 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2021 at 1:44 PM CDT
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DIXON, Illinois (AP / KWQC) - In her first visit to Illinois since taking up residence in the White House, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited a community college to tout their importance to the nation’s economy.

“They train for real world jobs tailored to the community they serve OR give students a really strong foundation for a four year degree,” she said.

The first lady made remarks Monday to a socially-distanced audience of about 30 people at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. She was joined by U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Gov. J.B. Pritzker, and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

“As we want to become more competitive on a global perspective we got to look at this as a K thru 14 instead of the old typical K-12,” Rep. Bustos said.

During her remarks, Biden discussed her experiences as an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College and the virtues of the community college system. She also praised a Sauk Valley program that offers tuition breaks to students who complete community service while they’re in high school.

“Not only good for the communities to have volunteers accessible and it teaches about their community and the importance of giving back. So it’s a way for them to earn tuition,” Dave Hellmich, president of Sauk Valley Community College, said.

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