For immediate release - Sept. 21, 2005Media Alert
– Dr. Betty Young has gone “hog wild” – not because she’s from Ohio
and hails from the nation’s farmland; instead, she’s riding her Harley
to Hollywood on a quest to change the mind of one late-night
entertainer, Jay Leno. The national “Lessons for Leno” tour, which
highlights different aspects of community colleges and their prominent
place in higher education, will stop in Dallas on Friday, Sept 23, to
share that message during the National Community College Hispanic
Council’s annual leadership conference.
Young will ride her
Harley (the same model owned by Leno) to a press conference that will be
held at 10:30 a.m. this Friday at the Westin City Central, 650 North
Pearl, in Dallas (outside, at the end of the hotel’s front drive). Dr.
Young will deliver her comments to a group of NCCHC conference
participants; she will be joined by Dr. Jesus “Jess” Carreon, chancellor
of the Dallas County Community Colleges (which is hosting both the
conference and the “Lessons with Leno” visit); and Dr. George Boggs,
president of the American Association of Community Colleges. News media are invited.
Dallas “Lessons for Leno” topic, which Carreon will discuss, is:
Community colleges ensure access and opportunity for all Americans.
who is president of Northwest State Community College (Ohio), takes
exception to Leno’s frequent, disparaging comments about community
college students during his late-night routines. “I’m not looking for an
apology,” explains Young, who was a single mom with two jobs at age
28. She changed her life by earning an associate degree from a community
college, followed by bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. She
became president of NSCC in 2003. (Carreon also is a community college
“I want to provide Jay Leno with an opportunity to
meet with me and to really begin to understand the importance of
community colleges to the nation as whole. We must change the image of
community college education which, in many respects, has been long
tarnished by stereotypes and misconceptions.”For more information or questions about the Friday press conference, call Ann Hatch, DCCC office of marketing and communications, at (214) 860-2478.