Students, faculty, and staff of Florida Keys Community College gathered Feb. 1 on the Key West campus to welcome U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia on his first visit to the southernmost college.
Garcia, who was in Key West to open his new office at the Gato Building, held a casual meeting with the college community. He answered questions about the future of higher education, federal financial aid, immigration reform, and the state of the economy.
A community college graduate himself, Garcia shared his personal experiences and offered advice to students about exploring academic and career opportunities while in college.
"It was a great opportunity to meet the congressman," said Jose Cortes, who is pursuing two associate degrees and a diving certificate.
"He has inspired me to learn more about and better follow politics."
Garcia and his Monroe County aide, Jennifer George-Nichol, both encouraged students to apply for internships at Garcia's Key West and Washington, D.C., offices. Garcia represents the newly drawn 26th District, which includes Monroe County and parts of Miami.