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In The News
Last year, a coalition of 238 businesses, schools, and trade associations sent a letter to Congress asking us to reauthorize and update the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. From Raytheon to the NAACP to the Corn Refiners Association, this diverse group reached a notable consensus on a national imperative: education can help both students and businesses succeed.
Open a newspaper or turn on the TV today and you'll be hard pressed to ignore the steady drumbeat of an improving economy. Unemployment rates are at pre-recession levels. Private sector jobs are growing at the fastest pace since 1997. The number of Americans without health insurance has fallen by nearly 30 percent.
Just one month into 2015, the headlines are sadly familiar: Heroin use rising in Kentucky; Accidental deaths from drug use on rise in North Dakota; Massachusetts sees spike in heroin overdoses, deaths.
Instead of slides and samples, two members of Congress were put under a microscope last month when we visited the biotech lab at Middlesex Community College in Lowell. Students and faculty shot questions and comments our way about higher education affordability, access to job opportunities and the obstacles that still exist for many students.