Education Department Official to Participate in Washington State College Access Challenge Grant Rural Alliance Summit

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Linda Hall, senior official from the U.S. Department of Education's rural outreach office, will give remarks at Washington State's College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) Rural Alliance Summit at 10:30 a.m. PT on Monday, Aug. 8, in Spokane, Wash. Hall will also hold three roundtables with summit participants on Aug. 8 and 9 to gather thoughts and ideas on improving college access and readiness for students from rural communities.

Sponsored by the Northeast Washington Educational Service District #101, the summit will bring together superintendents, principals, and counselors from 35 rural districts throughout the state and administrators from Washington's eastern public colleges and universities who will work together to augment their college readiness programs for students from rural areas. Hall will discuss the federal initiatives to promote access and preparation for rural students.

Hall's participation in the summit is one of the U.S. Department of Education's several rural focused events and outreach efforts that will take place throughout August to help promote the strengths, opportunities, and challenges in rural education. To learn more about the work of teachers and students in rural areas, visit the Department's new Web page at