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Kristen DuPree Announces Run for Metro Community College Board of Governors

February 24, 2022 - Omaha, Neb. – Kristen DuPree has officially announced her candidacy for the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Board of Governors, member at-large. DuPree cites her passion for keeping and creating accessible options for higher education as the motivation behind her campaign. She believes that education isn’t accessible if it’s not affordable, and that affordable tuition at MCC benefits students as well as the businesses that hire them and communities where they live.

“The accessible academic and vocational programs at MCC encourage the development of a skilled workforce, which is critical to meeting the current and future labor needs of the city and state,” says DuPree. As a board member, DuPree will prioritize working collaboratively with a variety of community partners to improve visibility and access to programs at MCC.

“It’s important to increase visibility to career paths that don’t require a traditional four-year degree,” states DuPree. “As a millennial and a Mom, I’m acutely aware that tuition rates at four-year colleges often lead to burdensome student loan debt. MCC provides a quality alternative without the prohibitive price tag. This is not only good for supporting our local economy, but also for prospective students to see themselves on a path to an in-demand career.”

With an education and background in Actuarial Science, DuPree offers voters a unique perspective for approaching decisions that come before the board. Actuaries are trusted with ensuring the solvency and longevity of financial institutions. Her pragmatic approach to problem solving coupled with her passion for education will serve her well as a Member of the Board of Governors.

“Historically, MCC has done a great job supporting the diverse student population with resources needed to help complete degrees or certificate programs,” says DuPree. “As the metro area is faced with new challenges stemming from a tight labor market, decreased college readiness among high school graduates, and lack of support for working parents; it’s crucial that board members are working to identify barriers to earning an education faced by members in our community.”

DuPree earned her degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently works in the insurance industry and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. A lifelong Omaha area resident, she is originally from Ralston and currently resides in West Omaha with her husband and two children.

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