Around the industry: Rapper teaches importance of paying student loans through song

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  • Georgia: Rapper Dee-1 stopped by South Atlanta High School last week while on tour, along with staff from finance and professional services firm PwC, to discuss the importance of paying student loans.  The former middle school teacher, whose real name is David Augustine Jr., wrote the hit song "Sallie Mae Back" to pay his own student loans. "I need students who are about to graduate high school to understand how serious it is to have a plan for when they go to college," he says (Bloom, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9/29). 
  • North Dakota: The Education Department has awarded federal grants to the University of Mary, Turtle Mountain Community College, and Sitting Bull College to increase the number of Native Americans teaching and working at high-need schools on reservations. The department awarded $6.7 million to 20 recipients in an effort to bring in and retain more teachers on underserved reservations in North Dakota and throughout the United States (Emerson, Bismarck Tribune, 10/3). 
  • Wisconsin: Lake Superior College and University of Wisconsin-Superior are partnering to help students transfer in dedicated online majors through a program called Superior Connection. Both institutions plan to expand options for applicable majors in the future (Biros, University of Wisconsin-Superior press release, 9/29). 

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