Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal will speak on the future of higher education Friday

Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal will speak about her vision for the future of higher education Friday at noon when she appears on State Sen. Eric Lesser’s “Lunchtime Livestream” series.

The event will be livestreamed on both Facebook and Twitter. Royal will also speak about her college’s efforts to support its students during the transition to remote learning, and the future of higher education due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Royal is one of the region’s most experienced educators on the subject of remote education, and one of its champions. She’s been involved with distance learning for about 20 years. Holyoke Community College is handling the fall semester by remote education, partly in deference to its population of commuter students and many older students.

The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session on community colleges and the future of higher education.

Prior to becoming president of Holyoke Community College in 2017, Royal oversaw online education programs and e-learning divisions at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

To watch and participate in the livestream event, go to twitter.com/ericlesser or facebook.com/EricLesserMA.

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