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First Lady Jill Biden highlights NC A&T's Aggie Academy on education tour

First Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona met with students in the NC A&T College of Education.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited North Carolina A&T State University on Monday. She said the Triad is leading the way in education.

The visit was part of her tour to bring attention to the areas of concern in education.

Dr. Jill Biden spoke about the efforts of a diverse workforce, crediting A&T for its programs.

Watch Dr. Jill Biden's full speech here. 

She said the Biden-Harris Administration is working to knock out any obstacles that get in the way for those who want to become teachers.

“You’ll know this too, that your president and his administration are working every day to make sure that you have the support, respect, and pay you deserve,” Dr. Biden said.

The Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, A&T leaders and Congresswoman Kathy Manning joined Dr. Biden.

Dr. Biden highlighted North Carolina A&T for its programs to get qualified educators in the classroom, like having their own Aggie Academy, which allowed College of Education students to teach kids before entering the workforce.

Another program highlight is the partnership with Guilford County Schools and A&T to provide tutoring to high school students struggling with math. It’s funded through the American Rescue Plan.

GCS Superintendent Dr. Whitney Oakley was there and said that program and the push to get more staff brings hope.

“I think it says a lot that First Lady Biden and Secretary Cardona made Greensboro and Guilford County their first stop. I think it speaks volumes about what we have to offer as a community, university partnership and a really great public education K-12 system,” Oakley said.

Dr. Biden said the Biden-Harris administration continues to put funding into education with the goal to retain, respect and recruit more teaching staff.

“It’s not because they don’t want to teach. Obstacles have been in the way…so if we want to add more bright, talented people…we have to give them the support they deserve,” Dr. Biden said.

The First Lady is traveling state to state as part of the Road to Success Back to School Bus Tour.

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