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Video: Students at 2013 General Assembly

Posted on February 13, 2013

Pictured (from left to right): Joe Herbert, Kellie Seay, Del. Kirk Cox, Donna Simmons, Luke Griles

by Holly Walker

The stories were personal, and like every John Tyler Community College student, unique. For Silvia Garcia Murcia, JTCC and the Great Expectations program are giving her the education and support she needs to pursue her dream of becoming a physician. For Donna Simmons, a single mother, Tyler’s flexible scheduling allows her to juggle family, a full-time time and classes as she works on a degree that will allow her to transfer to a four-year university. For Luke Griles, a homeschooled student, JTCC is giving him a jump-start on his college education. And, for Joe Herbert, John Tyler Community College has shown him he’s not limited academically – something he believed after dropping out of high school. These are just a few of the stories that ten JTCC students shared during two recent trips to the General Assembly. During those trips, the students and Dr. Marshall Smith met with Sen. Frank Ruff, Sen. John Watkins, Del. Betsy Carr, Del. Kirk Cox, Del. Rosalyn Dance, Del. Riley Ingram, Del. Rick Morris, Del. Joseph Morrissey, Del. Roslyn Tyler, Del. Lee Ware, and Del. Thomas Wright.

In addition to sharing their personal stories and talking about their experiences at John Tyler Community College, the student delegation talked to legislators about the importance of affordable tuition, course and program variety, and financial aid. The students also talked about JTCC’s need to expand its classroom space. They asked the legislators to support Governor Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget for higher education, which includes funds for a new building on the College’s Midlothian Campus. The proposed 70,000 square foot building would house academic classrooms, faculty offices, a student services center, and an auditorium. The project also would include a much-needed parking garage.

Read more about the students who made up JTCC’s 2013 student delegation to the General Assembly.

Watch this video to hear what the students had to say about their experiences at the State Capitol.

Look at photos taken during the two trips.

Learn about JTCC’s legislative advocacy efforts.

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