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‘If You Had a Need, You Got Help’: A Community College President’s Approach Towards Coronavirus
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‘If You Had a Need, You Got Help’: A Community College President’s Approach Towards Coronavirus

Author Marcella Bombardieri interviews Russell Lowery-Hart, the president of a community college in Amarillo, Texas, about what challenges students in poverty are facing during the coronavirus pandemic and how colleges are trying to help.

Russell Lowery-Hart is the president of the community college in Amarillo, a struggling city on the vast prairie of the Texas Panhandle, halfway between Oklahoma City and Albuquerque. Among Amarillo College’s students are health aides, motel maids, and meatpacking workers — in plants now beset by COVID-19 — looking to education as their road out of poverty.

In the last few years, Lowery-Hart has risen to prominence on the basis of his rousing call to remake higher education to serve today’s typical college student: not an 18-year-old in a dorm but a mother with two part-time jobs and a pile of bills.

The above excerpt was originally published in Talk Poverty. Click here to view the full article.

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