Flash Edition - September 16, 2015

OCTAE Newsletter

Flash Edition

September 16, 2015

America’s College Promise

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, President Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan were on the road promoting America’s College Promise —the president’s initiative to make community college free for all responsible students. They also announced the Department of Labor’s $175 million American Apprenticeship Grant Program, which will provide awards to public-private business partnerships. These grants will be used to train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in high-growth and high-tech industries as diverse as health care, information technology, and advanced manufacturing over the next five years. 

The president also announced the appointment of the advisory board to America’s College Promise, the launch of the Heads Up America campaign to raise awareness about the importance of community colleges, and the release of a White House report on the nation’s progress toward free community college for responsible students,  America’s College Promise: A Progress Report on Free Community College. Back to Top 


Sixth Annual Back-To-School Bus Tour: “Ready for Success”

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior Department officials are participating in the sixth annual back-to-school bus tour from Monday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Sept. 18. This year’s  tour, “Ready for Success,” includes stops in Kansas City, Missouri; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Champaign and Williamsfield, Illinois; West Lafayette and Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Throughout the tour, Secretary Duncan and Department officials will participate in events underlining the activities and accomplishments of educators, students, families and leaders in increasing opportunity for students throughout the nation. 

As part of the bus tour, Senior OCTAE officials will visit: 

  • Elgin Community College, Carl Wilde Elementary School 79, and Beechwood Gardens (Indianapolis Housing Agency) in Indianapolis, Indiana 
  • Jeffersontown High School in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio 

This schedule is subject to change, and additional visits may be announced. For the full bus tour agenda, click here. View a video trailer about the bus tour here.  Back to Top