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U.S. Department of Education Officials to Visit Kentucky to Learn How Race to the Top Grants are Helping to Make a Difference in

Posted Mar 26 2013 3:38pm
March 26, 2013

Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: March 27, 2013 07:00 am - 09:00 am
Event Date 2: March 27, 2013 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Date 3: March 27, 2013 01:30 pm - 03:30 pm
Event Date 4: March 27, 2013 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White will learn how the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top grant program is making a difference in rural schools in Kentucky during his visit on Wednesday, March 27. White, along with the Department's Teaching Ambassador Fellows Marciano Gutierrez, Cynthia Apalinski and Michael Humphreys, will meet with Kentucky education officials to learn more about how federal investments in K-12 and community college programs are being used to prepare rural youth and adults for college and in-demand career fields.

Kentucky is one of 29 states using Race to the Top funds to support ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform. Kentucky has been awarded RTTT state and district-level grants.

White, Gutierrez, Apalinski and Humphreys will meet with Kentucky's Race to the Top staff to learn about the impact of Race to the Top on statewide reforms, particularly in rural areas. They also will visit Green River Regional Educational Cooperative in Bowling Green and meet with 37 superintendents whose school districts are part of the cooperative. Green River’s RTTT District grant serves 24 rural districts.

In the afternoon, the Department of Education team will visit Hart County High School in Munfordville to learn how RTTT district funds are supporting efforts to personalize learning in rural areas. The trip will conclude with a visit to Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville to meet with students, staff and community partners of the Health Pathways program, which is supported by a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) grant that is administered by the U.S. Labor Department in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education. TAACCT grants are helping to increase the number of workers who attain degrees, certificates and other industry-recognized credentials. The program underscores President Obama's commitment to help every American have at least one year of postsecondary education. The program also furthers the President's efforts to ensure that by 2020 the United States once again has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.


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Deputy Assistant Secretary John White, U.S. Department of Education
Marciano Gutierrez, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
Cynthia Apalinski, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
Michael Humphreys, Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education Meeting with Kentucky's Race to the Top staff to learn about the impact of the state and district grants on education reform, particularly in rural areas 7 a.m. CT, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Kentucky Department of Education
Capital Plaza Tower, 1st Floor Conference Room (Room 112)
500 Metro St., Frankfort, Ky.
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Deputy Assistant Secretary John White, U.S. Department of Education
Marciano Gutierrez, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
Cynthia Apalinski, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
Michael Humphreys, Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education Visit to Green River Regional Educational Cooperative to meet with district superintendents 10:30 a.m. CT, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
230 Technology Way, Bowling Green, Ky.
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Deputy Assistant Secretary John White, U.S. Department of Education
Marciano Gutierrez, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
Cynthia Apalinski, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
Michael Humphreys, Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education Visit to Hart County High School to learn how Race to the Top district-level grants are supporting efforts to personalize learning in rural areas 1:30 p.m. CT, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Hart County High School
1014 S. Dixie Highway, Munfordville, Ky.
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Deputy Assistant Secretary John White, U.S. Department of Education
Marciano Gutierrez, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
Cynthia Apalinski, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
Michael Humphreys, Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education Meeting with students, staff and community partners of the Health Pathways program to discuss how the program is helping to increase the number of workers who attain degrees, certificates and other industry-recognized credentials 5 p.m. CT, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Jefferson Community and Technical College
West Broadway, Louisville, Ky.
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