Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to host town hall meeting on Wed. at Tallahassee Community College

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday at Tallahassee Community College. The topic is adult education and the role that workforce training plays in helping people get jobs.  “There is an accelerating recognition that non-degreed certifications are going to become increasingly important as we try to put people back to work,” said TCC Vice President for Workforce Development John Chapin, one of the panelists. According to Chapin, short-term certifications often pay higher wages and more quickly than a four-year degree – “not that degrees aren’t good,” he said. “But a degree can’t necessarily support a family anymore.”  The other panelists are TCC President Jim Murdaugh and Capital Regional Medical Center’s Director of Nursing, Ann Smith.  Duncan, before being tapped by President Obama as secretary of education was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

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