Recently, FTC President David Cohen, together with Professor James Ryan,
Director of the FTC Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) led a trip to Albany with several students to advocate for continued tuition assistance through NYS.
Professor Ryan reported that,
“We were very fortunate to attend Legislative Advocacy Day at our New York State Capitol with APC recently. I had the honor to be part of the two-day delegation led by President David Cohen that included three students, Semajh Bludson, Allison Arias, and George Davis, who are in The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, to proudly represent Five Towns College at this extremely important event. “
One highlight of the trip included guest speaker, Dr. Guillermo Linares, Acting President of the Higher Education Services Corporation. In 1991, he was the first Dominican born elected to public office in United States history. He is lauded for contributing much to his fellow citizens in New York during his tenure. He delivered an awe-inspiring story and his powerful message resonated with every student, faculty and administrator there.
The day gave FTC students the opportunity to share their stories with local legislators and explain how they chose to attend Five Towns College. The importance of explaining why students’ needs at proprietary colleges are no different than students’ needs who attend other colleges was important for legislators to hear and understand. Having access to the Enhanced Tuition Awards Program in Long Island and throughout New York State impacts lives and legislators were interested to listen.
Students present in Albany advocated for the need for ongoing support to the Tuition Assistance Program, Early College High School Program, and enhanced support and services for students with disabilities & accessibility, generally.
A walking tour of the Capitol was part of the day, too! For an added bonus, the FTC Vocal Jazz Ensemble did an impromptu performance in the Great Western Staircase, also known as the Million Dollar Staircase. An incredible performance and an outstanding job done by all of our students!
What a Great Day!
Here are some pictures from the day:
FTC Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Prof. Ryan, Pres. Cohen & HEOP & Vocal Jazz Students