With press credentials in hand, Montgomery County Community College student Sarah Grebe attended the National Summit on Community Colleges on Oct. 5 at the White House in Washington D.C. to provide coverage for The Montgazette student newspaper.
“After speaking to other members of the press [at the summit], I believe I was the only member of the press that was actually a student of a community college. All of the other press members wrote for national newspapers or were four- year college students,” Sarah recalled.
The opportunity to send a student to the summit arose on Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours before the event was scheduled to begin, when the White House press office responded to an earlier request from the College’s Marketing and Communications office. Within a few hours, Sarah secured her press credentials and participated in a conference call with members of the press from across the country.
“The summit on community colleges really touched me. Being a working mother and student, I know how important it is for community colleges to be supportive and flexible,” she said. “[President] Obama along with Dr. Jill Biden and Melinda Gates have plans to continue to work through the challenges students like myself face to increase the number of college gradates.”
Sarah is a Business Management major at the College, where she has been taking classes at both the Central and West campuses part-time since January 2010.
~ by Alana J. Mauger