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Waubonsee Welcomes Department of Education Official

Dr. Eduardo Ochoa sits at a table having a discussion with two Waubonsee students.
As part of his visit to Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus Monday, Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education for the U.S. Department of Education, heard the positive impact several federal programs have had on the lives of students, including Batavia STEM scholar Katie Billing, seen here.

On Monday, April 2, Waubonsee Community College welcomed Dr. Eduardo Ochoa to its Sugar Grove Campus. Dr. Ochoa is the assistant secretary for postsecondary education for the U.S. Department of Education.

During his visit, Dr. Ochoa met with Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek, along with other staff, faculty and students, and take a tour of the college’s Science Building and Student Center.

Named to his position in 2010, Dr. Ochoa is the chief advisor to Secretary Arne Duncan on higher education policies and issues. His office administers programs that provide financial assistance to eligible college students, recruit and prepare disadvantaged students to successfully complete postsecondary education, promote the study of foreign languages and international research and exchange activities, and improve the facilities and academic programs of our nation’s postsecondary institutions.

Under the Obama administration, the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) has provided policy direction for the transition to 100 percent direct federal student loans, a major expansion of the Pell grant program and the development of academic program integrity agenda. Dr. Ochoa and his office play a major role in the Administration’s college access, affordability and completion initiative.