Dr. Jill Biden Praises CMT Academy in Visit

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom
From left to right: Lucia Folk, VP, Public Affairs, CMT; Randy Boyd, commissioner of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; Bill Haslam, governor of Tennessee; Tim Mitchell, undersecretary of education, U.S. Department of Education; Elijah Rawlings, student, CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication, McGavock High School; Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States; Tiana Wakefield-Shaw, student, CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication, McGavock High School; Megan Barry, mayor of Nashville; Robbin Wall, executive principal, McGavock High School.

From left to right: Lucia Folk, VP, Public Affairs, CMT; Randy Boyd, commissioner of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; Bill Haslam, governor of Tennessee; Tim Mitchell, undersecretary of education, U.S. Department of Education; Elijah Rawlings, student, CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication, McGavock High School; Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States; Tiana Wakefield-Shaw, student, CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication, McGavock High School; Megan Barry, mayor of Nashville; Robbin Wall, executive principal, McGavock High School.

Since 2010, CMT has been bringing the big time to McGavock High School in its Nashville hometown. Community leaders have stopped by. The net has formed the CMT Academy, part of a city-wide school improvement effort praised by President Obama. Students have learned broadcasting and production skills directly from the pros-turned-mentors who deliver CMT’s hit shows.

Now add this: a visit from second lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, who toured the academy and other McGavock High School programs in late January. A relentless advocate of free community college, Dr. Biden praised the academy and its Nashville peers as a highly effective way to prepare students for education after high school.

Amid the backdrop of a highly partisan national election, Dr. Biden’s visit was remarkable for its bipartisan spirit: Republican Governor Bill Haslam joined the tour. The two have long shared an interest in opening up free access to community or technical college, Dr. Biden as chair of the College Promise Campaign, the governor through his Tennessee Promise initiative.

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