Jill Biden Visits Nashville For College Campaign

Posted at 4:35 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 22:11:48-05

The second lady of the United States was in town  to promote the importance of having free college access.

Dr. Jill Biden serves as Chair of the College Promise Campaign, a non-partisan advocacy effort to promote making the first two years of community college free for all students.

The national campaign was inspired by our own Tennessee Promise. During her visit, Dr. Biden took a tour of the aviation flight department, as well as the CMT academy of digital design and communication.

"It's nice today to see a high school program that you can just go right into a community college, that there is dual enrollment," said Dr. Biden.

One student told us Dr Biden didn't seem to have come here as a politician, but rather a person who really cares about education and this was one way to bring attention to the many opportunities to further it beyond high school.

"I feel like I'm getting a whole lot of spectrum in education here at McGavock High School, and I can see why she came here. And I'm just glad that the nation gets to see it too," said Tianna Sha-wakeman, a senior at McGavock High School. 

The ultimate goal of the three year campaign, which started last year, was to make debt-free community college a reality for all American students.