US Sec. of Ed. Betsy DeVos visits JCCC on "Rethink School" tour - KCTV5

US Sec. of Ed. Betsy DeVos visits JCCC on "Rethink School" tour

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Devos has not focused solely on private schools, vouchers or family choice when it comes to school reform. (AP) Devos has not focused solely on private schools, vouchers or family choice when it comes to school reform. (AP)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Thursday marked United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ first visit to the Kansas City area.

DeVos visited Johnson County Community College as part of her “Rethink School” tour, which kicked off earlier in the week in Casper, WY.

Creative and innovative are the two terms DeVos championed on this tour.

"For too long I think we have done a disservice to young people in suggesting that four-year college or university was the only way that they could be successful as adults," she said as she visited the school's tech labs. 

The education secretary's tour began in the automotive lab.

Daniel Ward already works in the industry but is using his VA benefits to advance his skill set.

"I think technical schools like this aren't getting the attention they need," Ward said. "There's a lot of kids out there getting these big fancy degrees that they don't know what they're going to do with after."

DeVos was met by protesters.

On Friday, she will visit Kansas City Academy, a private middle and high school in Kansas City, MO, on Friday.

Indivisible KC says DeVos has embraced pro-profit schools and colleges. One example they give is that she backs private school tax credit scholarships which give corporations tax credits when they donate money for tuition. The group says they money otherwise would go to public K-12 education.

The group also says she is protecting her own interests, instead of the public's. They say DeVos has defended predatory lending of for-profit colleges instead of protecting students from it, alarming protesters who say she has deep financial ties to that industry.

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