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HCC students will take part in community college advocacy event

Students and advisers will meet with state delegates in Annapolis as part of Maryland Community College Student Advocacy Day.

Students and advisers will meet with state delegates in Annapolis as part of Maryland Community College Student Advocacy Day.

February 07, 2003|by NICOLE RITCHEY

nicoler@herald-mail.com

Some Hagerstown Community College students will travel to Annapolis Wednesday to tell legislators how important they think the community college programs are.

HCC students and advisers will meet with state delegates and senators in Annapolis. They will be part of an estimated 200 to 250 students and staff from community colleges across the state taking part in Maryland Community College Student Advocacy Day.

"Community college helps people with different educational backgrounds and needs," said Jamie Shyda, HCC's college activities specialist.

This is the first year that HCC will be involved, said Shyda, who will attend with about 10 local students.

Students who participate will thank the legislators for their previous support and tell them how the schools have made a difference in their lives, organizers said.

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The event is designed to give a voice to Maryland's 16 community colleges, according to a flier produced by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.

Tony Kinkel, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, will meet with lawmakers that day.

Shyda said she hopes that speakers will include Gov. Robert Ehrlich and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele.

Spring Ward, HCC professor of political science and history, said talking with representatives from different community colleges will help the legislators compare and contrast the needs and concerns of the various schools.

Ward, who also will travel to Annapolis, said the students can make a difference.

"People have the right to influence," Ward said. "It is a wonderful opportunity for our student body. Students will help to influence our legislators, and I believe face-to-face contact makes an impact."

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