U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan & U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack Visit Hawkeye
By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012
WATERLOO—U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack; and Executive Director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers at the U.S. Department of Labor, Jay Williams, held roundtable discussions on training and re-training workers at Hawkeye Community College’s campus on Thursday.
This is a White House Rural Council initiative to examine our communities’ workforce readiness and our skilled labor shortage as it impacts our economy. They met at Hawkeye Community College’s Fennemann Center Farm Lab, located near Hawkeye’s main campus on East Orange Road.
Secretary Arne Duncan is the ninth U.S. Secretary of Education. In support of President Obama’s goal for the United States to produce the highest percentage of college graduates by the year 2020, Secretary Duncan has helped secure increases in the Pell Grant program to boost the number of young Americans attending college and receiving post-secondary degrees.
Secretary Vilsack serves at the Nation’s 30th Secretary of Agriculture. In the past three years at the department, he has worked to implement President Obama’s agenda to put Americans back to work and to create an economy built to last. He is chair of the first-ever White House Rural Council, and he and the USDA are taking steps to strengthen services for rural businesses and entrepreneurs by creating job opportunities.
Executive Director Jay Williams began his duties in August 2011 and his department works directly with state and local stakeholders in areas affected by the changing American automotive industry to ensure they receive the federal support necessary that will help communities return to better economic conditions.