Nevada State College hosted Congressman Bobby Scott, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, and Congresswoman Susie Lee on Wednesday for a discussion regarding the state of higher education and key issues facing minority students.
Both Lee and Scott addressed strategic tactics the education and labor committee is discussing to close achievement gaps among the minority student population, the importance of making college affordable and obtainable and improving the quality of education across all platforms.
They also discussed making changes to the Pell Grant’s criteria for eligibility which would open the grant to anyone who decides to pursue short-term or long-term educational programs at participating colleges.
Lee, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and Nevada representative of District 3 that includes Nevada State College, discussed the teacher shortage epidemic in the valley. She continued to congratulate Nevada State College on their new education building and noted how it will be instrumental in fueling a diverse and qualified teacher pipeline.
“It was an absolute privilege and honor to host both Congressman Scott and Congresswoman Lee at our campus. They both continue to make strides to improve the quality of education in Nevada and around the nation,” said Nevada State College President Bart Patterson. “I am also tremendously proud of the large number of Nevada State College students who attended this history-making event.”
This event marks the first time Nevada State College hosted a sitting chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor.
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