First Lady Biden Visits OCC to Promote In-Person Learning and Free College

ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN ~ Friday, First Lady Jill Biden visited Oakland Community College with US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, on a tour focused towards moving schools back to in-person learning.

The First Lady promoted two years of free community college that all students will receive as part of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion economic recovery plan. Jill Biden said the free schooling will help the US economy recover, as well as lift up a generation of young Americans.

Dr. Biden is actually a working community college professor, and I’m the author of the bill that provides the free community college,” said Michigan Congressman Andy Levin to 760 WJR’s Kevin Dietz Friday before the event. Levin was also in attendance at OCC with the First Lady and the Education Secretary on Friday.

September 24, 2021 ~ Congressman Andy Levin talks about First Lady Jill Biden’s visit to Royal Oak today, which is part of her bus tour showcasing schools that have safely returned to in-person learning.

So they are coming to OCC to rally with students and imagine an America where people can get the skills and the training they need to fill these jobs that employers have.”

New jobs require new skills, and you see it right here in Michigan,” said the First Lady. “K-12 education is simply not enough to compete in a 21st-century economy.”

The stop at OCC was First Lady Biden’s last stop on the US Department of Education’s “Return to School Road Trip,” a bus tour through the Midwest to celebrate safely returning to the classroom amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Educators, you know, we did our best with virtual learning, but there are some things that you just cannot replicate through a screen,” said Jill Biden. “That’s why I’m so happy to be back in class in person, aren’t you?”