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Congressman Richard E. Neal to Visit MCLA

April 5, 2013
Press Release
Neal to Meet with Students and Tour New Center for Science and Innovation
(North Adams) As part of Congressman Richard E. Neal's continued outreach to Berkshire County leaders in education, innovation and job creation, Neal will visit MCLA to meet with students and tour the campus.

"We are pleased to welcome Congressman Neal to MCLA, and we look forward
to his visit. The Congressman is a passionate advocate for higher
education," said MCLA President Mary Grant. "Our students are excited by the opportunity to be in the classroom with the Congressman and to talk with him about a range of
public policy issues."

Neal and Grant will join Professor Bob Bence's model U.N. seminar for conversation, tour the new Center for Science and Innovation site, and meet with students who recently returned from a State Department trip to Haiti.

"During my regular travels around the Berkshires, one of the major needs of businesses today is an educated workforce," said Neal. "Many businesses are creating more and more jobs, and at times do not have enough qualified people to fill them. Right here in the Berkshires we have a great institution of higher learning, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which is educating and training tomorrow's workforce.  MCLA provides an accessible education that promotes growth both on campus and off, creating an environment in which students will be able to succeed in today's global economy. "