Assistant Secretary Eduardo Ochoa to Visit Illinois

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Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education Eduardo Ochoa will visit Illinois Sunday-Monday, April 1-2, to participate in the 2012 Annual Conference of the Higher Learning Commission and to tour Waubonsee Community College's main campus, Sugar Grove.

Ochoa will participate in the Higher Learning Commission conference as the breakfast speaker at 7 a.m. CT on Sunday, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The early morning session is titled "A Conversation with Eduardo Ochoa." On Monday, at 4:30 p.m. CT, Ochoa will give remarks during a session titled "Affordability and the Completion Agenda for Higher Education." He will highlight the importance of higher education and provide an overview of the Administration's proposal to keep college affordable and reduce student debt. He also will discuss the President's national goal of leading the world in college completion by 2020.

While visiting Waubonsee Community College on Monday morning, at 11 a.m. CT, Ochoa will meet with faculty and staff, including President Christine Sobek, and students. He also will tour the college's Science Building and Student Center.

Waubonsee Community College consists of four campuses: Sugar Grove, Aurora, Copley and Plano. The college serves more than 11,000 students each semester, 33 percent of whom attend full-time. In 2010, Waubonsee Community College was designated a Hispanic-serving institution by the U.S. Department of Education.