by Mary Tuma
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First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to make a stop in the Alamo City this week to help promote higher education.
On Friday, Obama will join Mayor Julián Castro for Destination College Week’s ‘College Signing Day,’ an event that allows high school seniors to publicly display their college or university plans. The mid-morning event is expected to draw more than 2,100 attendees. The week-long (free) citywide program is geared toward empowering children to seek higher ed opportunities and reminds the public SA is a prime spot for collegiate education in Texas, with around 150,000 students enrolled at area colleges or universities. This marks College Week’s fourth annual event.
Obama will be speaking at The University of Texas at San Antonio and is slated to discuss the administration’s “North Star” education plan (as she’s been doing recently) which aims to make the U.S. once again, have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Today, the country ranks 16th in the world in terms of rate of college degree attainment for 25 to 34-year-olds, according to the U.S. Department of Education.