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Planning meetings set at VC for Texas Community College Student Day

Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.

A contingent of Victoria College students, faculty and staff will head to Austin on Feb. 5 for Texas Community College Student Day.

That's when students can meet their legislators face to face and get first-hand experience of how state government works.

To prepare for the trip, which occurs every other year during the legislative session, VC will hold Community College Day informational meetings.

The informational meetings are open to VC students, faculty and staff.

"We took about 30-40 students and 8-10 faculty and staff the last time we went," said Elaine Everett-Hensley, Student Center and Student Activities director. "I'd like to get that many this year."

Students will use a five-point campaign to discuss community college legislative priorities and community college funding with area lawmakers.

More than 750,000 students enrolled in Texas public community colleges last fall compared to 560,000 at public Texas universities and 123,000 at independent colleges and universities, according to the Texas Association of Community Colleges.

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