Western Herald – Local Michigan lawmakers to host forum on college affordability in Mattawan Saturday
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Local Michigan lawmakers to host forum on college affordability in Mattawan Saturday

Ted Yoakum
News Reporter

Lansing lawmakers, community leaders and college representatives will be on hand Saturday afternoon at a forum focused on college affordability, held at the Antwerp Township Community Center in Mattawan.

Western Herald File

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt, Rep. Margaret O’Brien and State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker will host the event, which will take place from 12:30-4 p.m on March 16. A number of experts and local leaders will also speak during the event, including Robin Lott, executive director for the Michigan Education Trust, Brenda Pickett, coordinator for the Kalamazoo Area College Access Network, Carol Carter from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and Ed Sackley, district director for Congressman Fred Upton.

In addition, representatives from various colleges will be on hand to field questions from attendees. This Q&A segment will take place from 12:30-1:30, with presentations following immediately after.

The subject of college affordability has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks, with President Barack Obama making it one of the tenets of his State of the Union address last month. As part of the White House’s renewed efforts to drive down the costs of higher education, the Department of Education recently unveiled its college scorecard system, which allows prospective students to compare schools by price, graduation rate and other similar metrics.

Students, parents and any other interested residents are encouraged to attend the event. Potential attendees should RVSP for the event by emailing O’Brien’s office or by calling 877-347-8061. The Antwerp Township Community Center is located at 24821 Front Ave. in Mattawan.

Ted Yoakum is the political reporter for the Western Herald. He can reached via email, Twitter, Google+ or by phone at 269-588-1040.

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