Lt. Gov. Simon visits GSU
January 3, 2013 12:52PM
Governors State President Elaine Maimon (back, left) and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon are pictured with Dual Degree students (from left) Kayla Randolph-Clark, of Manhattan; Cecilia Diaz, of Chicago Ridge; and April Grammer, of Flossmoor. | Supplied Photo
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:01AM
Affordability, retention and college completion took the spotlight recently during Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s visit to Governors State University.
During her visit, Simon met with GSU students, faculty, staff and administrators. She called on federal, state and higher education officials to work together to keep college affordable so thousands of Illinois students can earn the credentials needed for good-paying jobs.
“In order to retain and attract high-wage and high-skills jobs in Illinois, we will need 60 percent of our working-age population to hold college credentials by 2025,” Simon said. “We cannot expect students to complete college if they cannot afford college. I urge our state, federal and higher education leaders to work together to ensure college is not only accessible to the privileged, when it will be a prerequisite for a good job in our state.”
GSU president Elaine P. Maimon thanked Simon for her efforts to make college education affordable and accessible in Illinois.
“I admire Lt. Gov. Simon’s commitment to making a college education affordable and accessible,” Maimon said. “Her visit to GSU gave us an opportunity to showcase what we are doing, specifically the Dual Degree Program and our plans for first-year students. The lieutenant governor is passionate about student success, and we are, too.”
Simon visited all 12 public universities in Illinois last fall to hold College Affordability Summits with students, faculty and administrators.
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