First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona visit Sauk Valley Community College

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden alongside U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos touring Sauk Valley Community College. Photo First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Facebook page

 On Monday April 19 FLOTUS Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona made a visit to Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL.

Dr. Biden and Dr. Cardona were joined by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker for their visit and tour of the community college. 

The First Lady came to Sauk Valley to support its new impact program which gives eligible students the opportunity to earn money for tuition and fees for up to three years.


“Community colleges meet students where they are and help them become the people they want to be.” Biden said. 


“Because without educated and trained workers, businesses can’t build. Innovation is held back, and our economy drags. We can’t afford to exclude so many from continuing their education just because they come from certain areas or income brackets.” she added


“Sauk knows how powerful affordable, accessible college can be—that’s why you’ve invested in students like Abril.” she said in reference to Abril Vasquez-Tapia a SVCC student that had the honor of introducing the first lady. 


Abril Vasquez-Tapia is a first-generation high school and college graduate. She is graduating this year from SVCC with an Associate’s Degree in Arts. Abril will continue her education at SVCC this fall by pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She is currently serving as student trustee and is the Rotaract club treasurer. 

“Later this fall I will continue my education at SVCC by enrolling in their nursing program to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse.” Vasquez-Tapia said before introducing the first lady. 

“More jobs and higher salaries mean towns and cities have more resources to offer and become better places to live. That strengthens state economies. What starts in one community college classroom can create a chain effect that is eventually felt by every single American.” the first lady said. 



“My husband, our President, understands this.”

“Together, we will get this done. Community colleges are our future.” Dr. Biden said to end her remarks. 

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Education secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona
are welcomed by LULAC Iowa State Director Nick Salazar and former
Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba as they arrive at the Quad Cities
Airport before their visit to Sauk Valley Community College.
Photo by Phil Cunningham / Hola America

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