Secretary Janet L. Yellen asks question to Mesa Community College faculty during her tour of the Southern and Dobson campus Technology building on May 4, 2024 (Photo by Adam Terro/The Mesa Legend)

US Secretary of Treasury visits Mesa Community College. Here’s what to know

The United States Department of the Treasury announced Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen will visit Mesa Community College on Saturday, May 4 to tour automation and engineering labs.

Yellen will be joined by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Mesa Mayor John Giles.

The visit is part of a two day trip Yellen will be taking to Arizona to highlight the Biden administration’s economic agenda and workforce development efforts, according to a release from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

On Thursday, Yellen spoke on for the McCain Institute at the Sedona Forum to champion a strong democracy under Biden, according to her remarks.

Yellen would start her tour of MCC at the Southern and Dobson campus Technology building at 10:30 a.m., according to a press release from her office.

Officials begin to arrive on campus — 9:51 a.m.

Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Steven Gonzalez, and Mesa Mayor John Giles were both seen on campus awaiting Yellen’s arrival.

Tour to include display of high-tech MCC learning tools — 10:45 a.m

Yellen’s tour appeared to included portions of the south side Technology building, work stations for metal fabrication with individual specialized equipment appeared cleaned and ready to act as hands experience for the students in MCC’s classes.

The Technology classroom in the Mesa Community College’s Southern and Dobson Campus that US Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen tours on Saturday, May 4, 2024. (Photo by Adam Terro/The Mesa Legend)
Robotic arms part of Mesa Community College’s Southern and Dobson Technology Building seen in a tour for US Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen on May 4, 2024. (Photo by Ryan Hifler/The Mesa Legend)

Yellen’s tour has begun — 10:56 a.m.

Secretary Yellen had entered the high tech metal fabrication classroom along with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallegos, Mesa Mayor John Giles, MCCD Chancellor Gonzalez and MCC Interim President Kimberly Britt.

Yellen, carrying her own purse, was at the front of the group of high ranking officials as she eagerly asked questions to MCC Technology department faculty who lead the tour.

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen enters the Mesa Community College classroom alongside Mesa Mayor Kate Gallego on May 4, 2024 (Photo by Adam Terro/The Mesa Legend)
Yellen shakes the hand of an MCC faculty member during her tour of the Southern and Dobson campus on May 4, 2024. (Photo by Adam Terro/The Mesa Legend)
Secretary Janet L. Yellen ask a question to Mesa Community College faculty during her tour of the Southern and Dobson campus Technology building on May 4, 2024 (Photo by Adam Terro/The Mesa Legend)

Yellen operated a machine arm engineered to pick up a battery and move it, an example of an automated system in manufacturing.

Yellen also was demonstrated faster, but less precise arms visualizing that possibilities of automated machinery.

Tour shifts to construction — 11:20 a.m.

Yellen and the rest of the group entered the Technology building’s large warehouse style classroom with a large wooden framing structures that demonstrated just another field available to students.

Yellen again appearing to let her curiosity how MCC faculty educated it’s students, examined the contents of a table set up for the photo opportunity.

(From left to right) Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen inspects tools set up for her tour of Mesa Community College, standing next to program director for construction David Cain, Mesa Mayor John Giles, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and Interim MCC President Kimberly Britt on May 4, 2024.

MCC construction program student Kate Glantz made use of the tools on-site to show Yellen how the campus allows students to enter trade options that were flourishing in Mesa, and the Valley.

Mesa Community College Kate Glantz emphasized to the crowed gather for Sec. Yellen’s tour, the need for women in construction workforce on May 4, 2024. (Photo by Adam Terro/The Mesa Legend)
Mesa Community College student Kate Glantz and her program director, David Cain, demos for Sec. Yellen the kind of work that goes on at MCC’s construction program. (Photo by Adam Terro/The Mesa Legend)

Tour ends — 11:30 a.m.

After brief remarks about the tour, Yellen spoke in length to those in attendance, before leaving MCC bound for lunch before a roundtable event also held in Mesa.

Lunch at a Phoenix Mexican food icon — 12:25 p.m.

Yellen stopped for lunch at The Original Carolina’s Mexican Food on 12th street and Mohave street in Phoenix.

Yellen was joined by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Mesa Mayor John Giles.

Secretary Yellen, Gallego and Giles spent 45 minutes sitting and chatting amongst themselves, as patrons would come and go saying hello to the officials.

Half of the restaurant became filled with White House staff enjoying a quick lunch before making preparations for the motorcade to take Yellen back to Mesa for her roundtable discussion.

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen enters The Original Carolina’s Mexican Food on 12th and Mohave Streets in Phoenix, with Mesa Mayor John Giles behind her, on May 4, 2024. (Photo by Adam Terro/The Mesa Legend)
Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen reviews the menu of he Original Carolina’s Mexican Food on 12th and Mohave Streets in Phoenix on May 4, 2024. (Photo by Adam Terro/The Mesa Legend)
Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen pays for her order at The Original Carolina’s Mexican Food on 12th and Mohave Streets in Phoenix, next to Mesa Mayor John Giles on May 4, 2024. (Photo by Adam Terro/The Mesa Legend)

Yellen arrives for roundtable discussion — 1:50 p.m.

Yellen arrived for a roundtable discussion at a Maricopa County government office in Mesa located near Alma School Road and Southern Avenue.

The discussion would focus on workforce development under the Biden administration, according to a press release.

A stage was seen set up for official remarks.

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen, and Mesa Mayor John Giles head a roundtable discussion in Mesa on May 4, 2024. (Photo by Ryan Hifler/The Mesa Legend)

Stay tuned for more updates.

  • Adam Terro

    Adam Terro is the Sports Editor for the Mesa Legend. He joined the staff in January 2021 and first published with the Legend in fall 2020. His passion is for sports, specifically football and basketball.

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