EGCC President Attends Washington Conference

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -

Eastern Gateway Community College President Laura Meeks, Ph.D. participated in an annual conference in the nation's capital today. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) convened his fifth annual college and university presidents conference in Washington, D.C. today with more than 50 presidents from colleges and universities across Ohio. Brown's forum – the first of its kind – is aimed at connecting educators with business leaders to advance regional economic development.

Brown said in a press release, "Our fifth annual conference builds on our state's legacy of linking education with economic prosperity, which in turn creates a stronger middle class. Ohio's two-year and four-year, public and private institutions of higher education are producing the next generation of scientist and lawyers, mathematicians and teachers.  It is their work, and commitment to strengthening the entire pipeline from cradle to career that will ensure our economy – and the nation – continue to grow and succeed.  That's why this annual conference is so important."

"This conference connects college and university presidents with education experts and state and federal officials who can help provide the resources to both open the door of opportunity to Ohioans seeking an education, and ensure they graduate with the skills needed to lead in the 21st century," Brown added.

"With the growing need for more education and training to enter and compete in today's job market, it is important for Ohio's college presidents to lift their voices for the needs of our students," said Dr. Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville, OH. "The students need support in preparing for college, in paying for college and support systems while tackling their college education."

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