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U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona promotes COVID-19 College Challenge during visit to Henry Ford - The Macomb Daily

During his June 8 visit to Henry Ford College in Dearborn, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona visited a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, spoke with a student who was getting vaccinated and helped to promote the COVID-19 College Challenge.

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Henry Ford College President Russell Kavalhuna (left) stands with U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona during his visit to the campus. 

“We have to continue to double down our efforts to get those who are a little unsure, uncomfortable," Cardona said. "Or maybe we have to bring a vaccine to them. I know there are some folks that might want it, but have issues with transportation. We’re working on every angle to make sure that we get as many shots in the arms of folks.”

Cardona was careful to wear a mask during most of the trip, only taking it off when speaking to the media after confirming that they were all fully vaccinated. While in the clinic, he left it on, even to pose for photos since not everyone in the room was fully vaccinated.

A nontraditional older student was the only patient in the college’s vaccine clinic during Cardona’s visit. They spoke briefly about what it meant to be vaccinated, and getting the world “back to normal” so the student could again spend time at events and in Wyandotte’s Bishop Park fishing with his 22-year-old son.

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Rite Aid workers who were at the vaccine clinic pose for a photo with U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. 

Cardona also spoke with caregivers at the clinic, including Moses Elgilrsh, a student who went through the early college program and earned a degree from Henry Ford College before enrolling in a program for a pharmaceutical degree.

The COVID-19 College Challenge is a program the Biden administration initiated to get colleges and universities to help get their local communities vaccinated. The program is an effort to help get the country on track to 70% vaccinated by July 4, a pledge Biden has continued to make.

“So this is a great example of how colleges can do their part to bring people in to get them vaccinated,” Cardona said.

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U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona (left) stands with Moses Elgilrsh and Henry Ford College President Russell Kavalhuna. 

The challenge will galvanize colleges to reach young people where they are, with information they can use, through trusted messengers they rely on, and provide them opportunities and access to vaccination, officials said. Especially over the summer when many students are away from campus, it is important that college leaders and student leaders make a plan to reach every member of their campus community — student, faculty, and staff — to encourage them to get vaccinated now.

"The College Vaccine Challenge is a terrific way for all postsecondary institutions to engage students, faculty, and staff in an effort to keep their communities safe," Cardona said when the program launched last week. "I encourage every college and university to take this pledge and get creative in becoming Vaccine Champion Colleges. We must all work together to beat this pandemic and put the focus back on students' educational careers that will put them on the path to success."

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U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks with a recently vaccinated Henry Ford College student. 

While at HFC, Cardona also spoke about the American Families Plan, which if approved includes $109 billion to provide two years of free community college to all Americans.


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