JCJC students meet state legislators

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-01-31 22:03:54

ELLISVILLE – The annual Mississippi Community College Legislative Appreciation Luncheon provides an opportunity for representatives from the states’ community colleges to meet with legislators informally, but it also provides a unique opportunity for students too.  Students from each of the 15 community/junior colleges share their musical and culinary talents with the group while several students enjoy the role of hosts and hostesses at the legislative appreciation luncheon. JCJC freshman business major from Collins, Javier Alexander said he enjoyed the networking opportunity.

“It was a great experience meeting some of the great people who help keep community college affordable. The whole time in their presence it was nothing but smiling faces and very firm handshakes. It made me feel good to meet the faces of the people that are responsible for the education of so many people in Mississippi because without the funding of junior/community colleges thousands of people would go without higher education.
Ellisville’s Precious Graham, a freshman English major shared, “I was honored to be chosen to attend the appreciation luncheon. I enjoyed understanding, on a deeper level, what all our legislative representatives, community college presidents, and vice presidents do for our community and junior colleges. I am more grateful and aware of what goes on in our state.”

Dre'Anna Gates, a freshman elementary education major from Quitman said it reminded her of some activities she appreciated in high school. “I enjoyed getting to meet new people from a different college. It reminded me of high school BETA or FBLA convention. My favorite part was being able to enjoy all the talents around Mississippi.” 


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