State Representative Tony Hwang (R-134) was on hand Saturday evening, November 21, as Housatonic Community College (HCC) held their 1st annual Alumni Hall of Fame Fundraising Gala. The event was held on the campus in HCC’s Beacon Hall to raise funds to support scholarships awarded by the HCC Foundation to eligible students.
LeVar Burton, an entertainment star from such shows as The Reading Rainbow, Star Trek; The Next Generation and an Emmy winner for his role as Kunta Kinte on the epic television miniseries Roots, was the special guest and presenter at the Gala event. Burton is known internationally as a literacy advocate, a successful producer and talented actor.
Housatonic Community College is one of four community colleges within Connecticut that charted double-digit enrollment growth from fall 2008 to this year, according to enrollment figures released Friday by the state Department of Higher Education.
“It was a real pleasure to be a part of this evening’s festivities supporting Housatonic Community College Foundation,” said Rep. Hwang. “With traditional sources of college loans being harder to come by in this economy, scholarship programs are at an all-time premium. It is essential that we support our community college system, and find ways to help the students who avail themselves of the quality education programs the community college system provides. This growing enrollment trend reinforces that HCC provides higher educational access not only to Bridgeport residents, but to aspiring students from Fairfield, Trumbull and surrounding communities as well.”
The Housatonic Community College Foundation was established in 1990 and partners with the College to bring scholarships and grants for men and women in the Greater Bridgeport area looking to improve their education, improve their lives and advance their careers.
Photo: Rep. Tony Hwang with Actor LeVar Burton, HCC President Anita Gliniecki at the Housatonic Community College Alumni Hall of Fame Fundraising Gala, November 21, 2009.