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The Council for Opportunity in Education Announces U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona Will Provide Remarks at Its 41st Annual Policy Seminar

March 15, 2022

The 12th United States Secretary of Education will speak about the Federal TRIO Programs and federal aid to underserved students in need.

The U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, will deliver remarks at the non-profit Council for Opportunity in Education’s (COE) annual Policy Seminar on Tuesday, March 22 at 2 p.m. ET. The Council invites the media to attend.

“We are delighted that Dr. Cardona will be part of our conference. His reputation for being a careful listener precedes him; his life experience growing up in a low-income household and as a first-generation college student is similar to that of many of our TRIO students,” said Maureen Hoyler president of COE. “As he has said, education is indeed the ‘great equalizer,’ and we look forward to welcoming him.”

COE’s annual Policy Seminar is a four-day-long event for college access and success professionals who work in supporting, assisting, and teaching students enrolled in one or more of the seven Federal TRIO Programs. These programs help low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities, and other marginalized groups prepare for, enter, and graduate from college.

Dr. Cardona is a supporter of TRIO and has spoken of the programs’ critical role “in helping underserved students succeed in and graduate from college.”

Dr. Cardona became the 12th Secretary of Education in March of 2021 and is the first secretary with experience as an elementary school teacher. A proud product of public schools in his hometown of Meriden, Connecticut, Dr. Cardona taught fourth grade before becoming, at 27, the youngest school principal in Connecticut. He served as an assistant superintendent before becoming, in 2019, Connecticut’s first Hispanic commissioner of the state Department of Education. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Connecticut.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional TRIO Caucus, and Senator Margaret Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Congressional TRIO Caucus, will also provide remarks at this year’s Policy Seminar.