Uvalde, Texas, Feb. 10 – A group of approximately 20 SWTJC students, administration, faculty, and staff attended Community College Day on Feb. 7 at the state capitol in Austin.
Students from Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde campuses joined over 1,500 other college students from across the state at the capitol.
The day began with a complimentary breakfast at the Robert Johnson Conference Center. Immediately after breakfast, the students met with District 80 State Representative Tracy O. King of Uvalde in his office, where he spoke on various topics.
“I am very fond of SWTJC, I went to school there after graduating from Carrizo Springs High School,” said King. “As a matter a fact, my first elected office was at SWTJC as president of the student council.
After meeting with King, the SWTJC group visited with District 74 State Representative Poncho Nevarez of Eagle Pass. Students were able to state their concerns to Nevarez, such as tuition and school funding.
“You’re preaching to the choir,” said Nevarez “I always do my best in looking out for schools like yours. I encourage you to continue to lobby for your school to all the other representatives and me.”
Students also had the opportunity to speak with staff members of District 19 State Senator Carlos Uresti and District 53 State Representative Andrew Murr of Kerrville.
Also, included in the day's activities were visits to the gallery of the house as it conducted the business of the day. SWTJC President Hector Gonzales, Ph.D., accompanied the group during their visit to the capitol.
The event was sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Colleges.Full Article >>>