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HCC students visit Annapolis

February 09, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com

ANNAPOLIS — Students from Washington County joined a statewide community college-lobbying effort in Annapolis on Wednesday.

Hagerstown Community College President Guy Altieri said 15 HCC students took part this year.

The Maryland Association of Community Colleges organizes the annual trip.

The association wrote on its website: "The student advocacy day call to action centers on the theme of 'Support=Success' because community colleges can only help more citizens be successful if there is greater state support. Students will emphasize support of the funding formula for the amount of state aid granted to each college, an increase in the state's share of the cost of community college education, and support of capital requests at community colleges throughout the state."

Around midday, Western Maryland community college students gathered in a hearing room to hear from their local representatives.

Sen. George C. Edwards, Sen. Christopher B. Shank, Del. Andrew A. Serafini, Del. Neil C. Parrott and Del. Wendell R. Beitzel talked to the group.

After that presentation, John Little of Sharpsburg, the president of HCC's Student Government Association, said he enjoyed touring government buildings and hearing from lawmakers, including Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

"I understand that they're much more like people than what I expected they would be ...," Little said. "They are a body of individuals working together vs. just a bunch of robots ... just passing stuff through or arguing over stupid things.

"People have this overembodied idea of what government's like. To find out they're actually people is just really comforting."

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