Jamestown Business College students were treated to a visit from U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, (R-Corning), on Tuesday.
Reed, a Republican who will be facing Nate Shinagawa in the 2012 general election for the U.S. House of Representatives' 29th district, stopped by the college to talk to students about their concerns in the election and what they like about the Western New York area and JBC.
"I've had numerous colleagues from Washington that have come up and they say, 'Tom, we've been to New York City,' and I keep telling them, it's not the same," said Reed. "I'm trying to be a big ambassador for the region."
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) visits with Jamestown Business College students on Tuesday.
Picture courtesy of Brenda Salemme
During his time with the students, Reed highlighted opportunities for students after graduation as one of his key concerns.
According to David Conklin, president of JBC, the college averages between 115 and 125 graduates every year with a 90 percent placement rate after graduation on average.
"We're having more calls than the amount of graduates that we're supplying," said Conklin. "It's great odds when you go in with more opportunities than you have students."
The students that were on hand for the meeting mentioned the affordability of JBC as well as the kindness of the faculty and staff as some of their primary reasons for attending school there. The college, which recently added a bachelor's degree program to their offerings, promotes the availability of its staff as one of their biggest strengths.
"We have such an open door policy that our faculty offices don't even have doors," said Conklin. Aaron Peelman, a recent JBC graduate, continued, "I can't think of anybody that works here that didn't know who I was within my first year here."
For more information on Congressman Reed, visit reed.house.gov. For more information about JBC, visit jamestownbusinesscollege.edu or call 664-5100.