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Thursday, February 9, 2017

ACC Students Attend Capitol Day

Faced with issues like course transfer, rising tuition rates and the role of legislators in higher education, Alvin Community College students visited with  lawmakers on Community College Day at the Texas Legislature on February 7.

Students from community colleges across the state were at the Capitol throughout the day speaking with legislators about higher education in Texas. The nine Gulf Coast community colleges, of which ACC is one, account for one-quarter of all community college students in Texas, according to the Gulf Coast Intercollege Consortium.

Community College Day also included tours for the college students. Dr. Christal M. Albrecht also participated alongside the students.

“It was wonderful to see our students interacting with our legislators at the Capitol,” President Albrecht said. “They asked insightful questions about higher education, including questions about transfer of coursework to universities, ‘free tuition’ being implemented by other states, and preparedness of high school students entering college. They showed a tremendous amount of maturity and knowledge on important issues.”

Also attending the event was ACC regents Jody Droege and Roger Stuksa along with ACC faculty and staff members.

Students visited with State Rep. Ed Thompson, whose district includes ACC and asked him questions regarding lowering tuition rates, establishing a statewide course numbering system to make transfer easier, aligning school curriculum with community college requirements and more.

Approximately 20 ACC students and staff spoke with Thompson at his Capitol office. They also had an opportunity to visit with staff members from State Sen. Larry Taylor, whose district also includes ACC.



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