Lt. Governor Cherry Announces Schedule for Higher Education Commission Public Hearings

Contact: Mary Dettloff 517-335-6397

September 1, 2004

LANSING – Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry, Jr. today announced that the Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth, which he chairs, will start a series of statewide public hearings on Tuesday, September 7, at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

The commission was established earlier this year by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to find ways the state can double the number of students who obtain college degrees and other credentials over the next 10 years in order to attract knowledge-based businesses to Michigan

"Michigan’s economic future is tied to our ability to raise the education and skill level of our workforce," said Lt. Governor Cherry. "We are anxious to hear from leaders and citizens across the state about how to meet this challenge."

The rest of the public hearing schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, September 13, at Saginaw Valley State University

  • Monday, September 20, at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City

  • Tuesday, September 28, at Lansing Community College

  • Monday, October 11, at Grand Rapids Community College

  • Monday, October 18, at a location to be announced in the metro Detroit area

The Marquette hearing will take place from 4-7 p.m. in the Michigan Room of the Don H. Bottum University Center on NMU’s campus.

To view this live stream event, viewers must use Internet Explorer as their web browser and Windows Media Player. These applications can be downloaded for free at the Microsoft Web site (www.microsoft.com). If using Windows XP, users must have Internet Explorer 5.5 or newer and use Media Player 9. For Macintosh OS X, users must have Internet Explorer 5.2.3 for Mac OS X and use Media Player 9 for Mac OS X.

More information on the Commission on Higher Education and Economic Development can be found online at www.cherrycommission.org.