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February 5, 2013

Blinn students meet with Texas legislators at state Capitol

More than 50 Blinn students get to speak with Gov. Perry, state lawmakers

More than 50 Blinn College students and administrators had the opportunity to speak with state legislators here Tuesday as part of Texas Community College Day at the state Capitol.

The day began with a rally on the Capitol’s south steps, in which more than 1,400 representatives from the state’s 50 community colleges were greeted by Sen. Kel Seliger, who told the students they held the key to Texas’ future. Students were then ushered inside the Capitol, where they had the opportunity to visit the House and Senate galleries and meet with lawmakers about the impact community colleges have made on their lives.

Blinn students met Gov. Rick Perry and State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, whose District 13 representation area includes Blinn’s flagship Brenham campus.

“It’s a big day and I’m glad Blinn College is involved in it,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, Blinn’s district president. “Each one of our students has a story to tell, and it’s so important for our legislators to see that first-hand. Our legislators think about the people they’ve met and the personal stories that have been shared with them when they make decisions, and meeting our students puts a face to it all. As community colleges, we have no better advocates than the outstanding students we produce.”

The day was part of the Texas Association of Community Colleges winter meetings.

“How often does an 18- or 19-year-old student get to meet their representative or senator and see lawmaking in action?” said Dr. Dennis Crowson, Blinn’s vice president for student services.

“This is something these kids are going to remember the rest of their lives.”

Founded in 1883, Blinn has one of the state’s highest percentages of students who graduate from leading four-year institutions, and its tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu.