Community Colleges Play Vital Part in Rural Areas’ Economic Development, Professor Says

Monday, March 19, 2012

During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., University of Alabama education professor Steven Katsinas stressed the importance of community colleges in the economic development of rural areas while making the case that Pell Grants are vital in making these institutions more accessible.

Katsinas, the director of UA’s Education Policy Center, was invited by the Rural Community College Alliance to make three presentations, one of which was held March 2 at the White House before the White House domestic policy issues staff.

Of the remaining two presentations, one was made before the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, while the other was presented to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Why a presentation on rural community colleges to the USDA?

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has statutory responsibility assigned by the Congress to promote the economic development of rural America, just as the Department of Housing and Urban Development has statutory responsibility to promote the development of our nation’s urban areas,” Katsinas said Thursday.

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