Celebrate Community College Day Feb. 3; students invited to join delegation

Austin Community College students will get an in-depth view of the legislative process and advocate on behalf of issues critical to higher education at Community College Day at the Texas Capitol, Tuesday, February 3.

Sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the event brings together lawmakers and community college supporters from across the state to discuss legislation that directly impacts community college students.

ACC’s Student Government Association (SGA) will lead of a delegation of fellow students attending the event, which includes a rally on the Capitol steps and remarks from legislators, student government representatives, and college leaders. Student groups also may make appointments to meet with individual legislators.

“Community College Day gives us a chance to share our thoughts with state representatives and join others to raise awareness about important issues,” says SGA Coordinator Avy Gonzalez. “We want to encourage students to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to make their voices heard.”

A lesson in civic engagement

Students wanting to attend Community College Day must RSVP by January 29 and participate in a mandatory training session. For convenience, the training session is offered at three times:

  • Friday, January 30; 10 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, January 30; 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 31; 10 a.m. to noon

Excused absences from class to attend the event are at the discretion of instructors; students should discuss their participation with instructors in advance.

For more information, visit the TACC Community College Day webpage, or contact Gonzalez at avelino.gonzalez@austincc.edu.

Be involved

For an overview of legislative issues that could impact ACC and its students, read The 84th Texas Legislature and education: What you should know.

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