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First Lady to visit Valparaiso Ivy Tech

By: - February 10, 2023 1:43 pm

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden during the president’s swearing in ceremony on Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

First Lady Jill Biden, a longtime advocate for community colleges, will visit the Hoosiers State next week.

The event is part of a Biden Administration tour promoting community colleges as an affordable higher education option for good-paying jobs.

Jill Biden will visit Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso on Friday, February 17 after visiting Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona on Monday.

Biden teaches English and writing at Northern Virginia Community College, becoming the only First Lady to continue her career outside of the White House. Biden, who holds a doctorate in education, also worked at the school during her husband’s eight-year term as vice president.

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Whitney Downard
Whitney Downard

A native of upstate New York, Whitney previously covered statehouse politics for CNHI’s nine Indiana papers, focusing on long-term healthcare facilities and local government. Prior to her foray into Indiana politics, she worked as a general assignment reporter for The Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi. Whitney is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (#GoBonnies!), a community theater enthusiast and cat mom.