Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier to Visit the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas and Highlight Role of Adult Education Programs in Strengthening the Economy

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier travels to Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sept. 11 to tour the College of Southern Nevada and hold a roundtable discussion about adult education and career pathways with students and faculty on campus.

This visit to Las Vegas is part of a three-day bus tour stop in Nevada for Dann-Messier. While in the state, she also will visit adult, career and technical education programs in Reno and Carson City to discuss disconnected youth, adult, career and technical education, and career pathways.

Dann-Messier leads the Department's efforts in adult education and career and technical education, as well as efforts supporting community colleges and correctional education. In April, the Department released the Obama Administration’s blueprint for transforming CTE. Dann-Messier joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce proposed reforms that will improve the quality of job-training opportunities that reduce skill shortages, spur business growth, encourage new investment and employment, and spark innovation and economic growth.

Dann-Messier’s visit to Nevada is part of Education Drives America, the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour. Secretary Duncan and his senior leadership team are crisscrossing the country from Sept. 12-21 for a series of events that reinforce the message that Education Drives America.

For live, up-to-the-minute updates from the road, follow the Education Drives America tour on Twitter using the hashtag #edtour12, or visit the Department’s bus tour blog. To receive media advisories, press releases, notifications about postings to the blog, and other special updates during the tour, subscribe to the Department’s Education Drives America e-mail updates by clicking here.