Students attend Community College Day in Austin

Email this article 02/06/2013

A group of over 50 SWTJC students, administration, faculty and staff attended Community College Day on Feb. 5 at the state capitol in Austin.PHOTO GALLERY

Dual credit students from Uvalde High School, as well as SWTJC students from Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde campuses joined over 1,500 at the rally outside the capitol.

The event was sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Speakers from TACC, as well as various state legislators and the president of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association all spoke at the opening of the day's activities.

Following the opening speeches, student representatives in attendance were encouraged to visit with their respective legislators concerning various issues facing the 50 community college districts across the state.

The SWTJC group visited with District 80 State Representative Tracy O. King of Uvalde, District 74 State Representative Poncho Nevarez of Eagle Pass and District 19 State Senator Carlos Uresti of San Antonio.

Also included in the day's activities were visits to the galleries of both the senate and house as both legislative bodies conducted the business of the day.
SWTJC President-Elect Hector Gonzales, Ph.D., accompanied the group during their visit to the capitol.

"This was a great experience for our students and we appreciate our legislators taking time to talk to our group," Gonzales said.

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