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Local college presidents participate in task force led by Biden

The presidents of local colleges participated in a task force Wednesday in Syracuse to discuss college access and affordability as part of a panel led by Vice President Joseph Biden.

In attendance at the event were William Destler, president of Rochester Institute of Technology; Joel Seligman, president of University of Rochester; and Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

The White House Task Force of Middle Class Families session, held at Syracuse University, also included Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Biden and the invited experts focused conversation on how to help families save and pay for college.

The task force chose central New York for the session to draw attention to the “Syracuse Say Yes to Education” program, which promotes lifelong success for Syracuse City School District students and their families by increasing high school and college graduation rates. RIT is a program participant, providing aid to students whose annual family income is below $75,000.

The White House Task Force on Middle Class Families has held similar forums around the country focusing on raising the living standards of working families.

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