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Lycoming College will host Pedro A. Rivera, Pennsylvania education secretary, and Noe Ortega, deputy secretary for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, for a community discussion, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m., in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets. The event is free and open to the public.
While on campus, Rivera and Ortega will meet separately with Lycoming College administrators and students to discuss improving education for all students in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, they will speak to IU17 school superintendents from schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties.
Amy Rogers, associate professor of education and director of teacher education, said “The education department at Lycoming College is excited for the opportunity to host the secretary of education and the deputy secretary for Pennsylvania’s office of postsecondary and higher education on our campus for the day. What a wonderful way for our teacher candidates to learn about the current state of education in Pennsylvania! In addition to the community event, future teachers from Lycoming will have the chance to personally meet with the Secretary and his team of professionals.”
Rivera has served in his current role since June 2015, and brings extensive public education experience to Harrisburg. He previously served as the superintendent of the School District of Lancaster, as well as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and executive director.
Ortega comes the University of Michigan, where he served in several academic and administrative roles, including assistant director and senior research associate at the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and managing director of the National Forum on Higher Education.