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My Trip to Washington

2/22/2013

Capitol2_2-12-13small.jpgLast week, I traveled to Washington, DC with TCC Trustees Dana Callen, Allison DeFoor, Eugene Lamb and Karen Moore to participate in the National Legislative Summit hosted by the Association for Community College Trustees. The Summit offered us the rare opportunity to meet with trustees and presidents from community colleges around the country and be briefed on key federal issues impacting our colleges. We are grateful at TCC to have a board that is engaged in federal, state and local issues that affect our college and our ability to serve students.   

The week before our trip to Washington, many of our trustees also attended the Association of Florida Colleges legislative conference hosted here in Tallahassee. Both programs helped our trustees become more familiar with issues that could have a cascading impact on higher education in Florida and across the US.     

RepSoutherland2_2-13small.jpgWhile in Washington, we also took the opportunity to meet with our congressional members to share with them the importance of keeping our “open door” open to students with access to financial aid and academic resources. We also updated them on the College’s efforts to support economic and workforce development in our region.   

We extend our thanks and gratitude to Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio and Representative Steve Southerland – and their respective staffs – for their interest in our College, for taking the time to meet with us while we were in Washington, and for their service to the citizens of Florida. They are very familiar with the issues impacting community colleges at the state and federal levels and I am confident that they are fighting for us every day. 

Jim​​


A college is more than a collection of buildings or an online presence. A college is a community—a group of people with the same goal: to learn and to prepare for the future. And a great college is more than just a destination—it is a partner in the success of each student.

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