ICYMI – U.S. Department of Education Finishes Road to Success Bus Tour

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US Department of Education

Sept. 19, 2022
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ICYMI – U.S. Department of Education Finishes Road to Success Bus Tour

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona launched the Road to Success Back to School Bus Tour with special guests First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff. The week-long, multi-state road trip showcased the many ways school communities are helping students recover and thrive – putting them on the road to success.

Throughout the week, Secretary Cardona, Deputy Secretary Cindy Marten, and local school leaders joined students, parents, and educators for additional events that celebrate the back-to-school season and underscore the Biden Administration’s commitment to helping students recover from the impacts of the pandemic. As part of the Road to Success Bus Tour, Administration leaders highlighted academic and mental health programs and efforts to recruit and support educators funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP), which provided historic resources to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities to reopen schools and help students of all ages recover.

The Road to Success Bus Tour featured stops in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Throughout the tour, the Department also announced a series of announcements, including:

Highlights from the tour and the events follow:

Press Highlights:

USA Today: Exclusive: Education Secretary Miguel Cardona's fall tour to include stops in swing states
Sept. 7, 2022

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will travel the eastern U.S. by bus next week to promote his priorities for this school year, which include boosting the teaching professionincreasing mental health support for students and helping kids regain lost academic ground. The five-day bus tour, part of an annual tradition tracing back at least several education secretaries, is meant to build on Cardona’s road trip last fall, which covered the midwestern U.S. and focused on a successful return to in-person learning. Next week’s tour, a spokesperson said, will emphasize the stakes of this school year now that all students are back in classrooms – at schools brimming with once-in-a-lifetime, fleeting COVID relief dollars but in many cases struggling to retain or recruit enough staff who must work with students digging out of a pandemic hole. 

EDNC: U.S. Education Secretary highlights Guilford Tech as example for other community colleges
Sept. 13, 2022

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona calls Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) the “gold standard” for community colleges. He said what’s happening on GTCC campuses is what President Joe Biden’s administration wants to see happening across the country: a connection between community colleges, the K-12 system, four-year institutions, and the workforce and labor market.

WCNC: Charlotte youth employment program works to create future workforce among labor shortages

Sept. 13, 2022

The program has been recognized nationally and at the state level for its successes and innovations in workforce development. “When you get this right now, and you get these programs right, you’re setting us up for future generations, future success for the city,” deputy secretary for the Department of Education, Cindy Marten said. Deputy Secretary for the Department of Education, Cindy Marten, held a roundtable Tuesday, at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. It was an open conversation with city leaders, companies, and students. Marten discussed plans to adapt to changes in schools and the workforce, after the pandemic.

90.5 WESA: U.S. Education secretary touts public-private partnerships during stop in Pittsburgh
Sept. 15, 2022

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, there’s a lot of money available for education right now. But U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona says public school districts must be strategic and innovative to create opportunities for students recovering from two years of disrupted learning. “We should learn from the last couple of years and really double down on our investment in education and get creative,” he said Wednesday. “Let’s great creative to make sure our schools have enough funds in the long-term to provide good programs for our kids. That’s how our country’s going to move ahead.”

The A&T Register: The White House visits Aggieland on their Road to Success Back to School Bus Tour
Sept. 15, 2022

Aggieland welcomed First Lady Jill Biden, Ph.D., and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Ph.D. for their first stop on the Department of Education’s Road to Success Back to School Bus Tour. Located in the Harold L. Martin Engineering and Research Complex, Biden and Cardona came to the university to acknowledge and appreciate NCAT’s efforts to train teachers, diversify the educational workforce and support the education of students K-12.

WFMZ: Ed. secretary's RACC visit 'strengthened my resolve'
Sept. 15, 2022

It was a key stop on a tour touting higher education reform. "We are absolutely humbled that he would select Reading Area Community College to visit," said Susan Looney, RACC's president. U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona — and his 'school' bus of sorts — traveled to RACC's campus to talk with Keystone Education Yields Success, 'KEYS' members, about how the assistance program changed their lives.

The Morning Call: ‘This is a model that works’: Second gentleman Doug Emhoff, U.S. education secretary praise Allentown schools in Lehigh Valley visit
Sept. 15, 2022

Raub Middle School doesn’t just educate its students, Principal José Delgado said. The teachers and staff at one of Allentown School District’s three full-service community schools look beyond academics to serve students and their families in multiple ways. But challenges, including a lack of behavioral health staff and the age of the school building itself, make it difficult.

Philadelphia Inquirer: U.S. Education Secretary makes a visit to Camden High to cap weeklong bus tour
Sept. 16, 2022

When U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and an entourage stepped into her senior seminar class at Camden High School, student Shania Edmondson barely looked up from her presentation. Cardona took a front-row seat and listened closely as Edmondson and three other students shared with their classmates the military as a possible option after high school. Cardona praised Edmondson for staying focused and applauded the “12+” program that helps Camden students figure out life after high school. Cardona also pushed a call by Biden for more volunteers to step up as mentors and tutors. He was joined Friday by Michael D. Smith, CEO of AmeriCorps, which has 5,000 people deployed in New Jersey. “We know teachers and schools need more money,” he said. “But they need all of us.”

Al Dia: Secretary Miguel Cardona bus tour in Pennsylvania
Sept. 16, 2022

As a Hispanic serving Institution (HSI) — colleges or universities where Hispanic students represent at least 25% of the full-time equivalent student body — Reading Area Community College (RACC), was the first stop in Secretary Cardona’s tour in Pennsylvania on Thursday, Sept. 15. There, he had a conversation with students about the Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) Program — a Pennsylvania Department of Human Services program designed to help recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) succeed in community college, when pursuing a postsecondary degree. 

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