1. STCC President John Cook welcomed by Latino community at reception (photos)

    STCC President John Cook welcomed by Latino community at reception (photos)

    With more than 25 percent of the students at Springfield Technical Community College identifying as Hispanic / Latino, the school's Hispanic Association in Higher Education held a reception for new college President John B. Cook to introduce him to local Latino leaders. "For him to have a connection with the Latino community is extremely important given the fact that more than 25 percent of our student body is Latino," said Irma Garcia-Zingarelli, chair of the association, which hosted the event on campus Thursday night along with businessman and chairman of Partners for Community Heriberto Flores.

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    1. For him to have a connection with the Latino community is extremely important given the fact that more than 25 percent of our student body is Latino.
    2. This is not about Latinos, African-Americans or Hispanics, this is about Americans. At the end of the day, we all have to work together (to succeed).
    3. I don't speak Spanish, but I think I speak community.
    4. This is a tremendous institution. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, which brings with it a certain amount of not just recognition, but obligation.
    5. This reception gave Dr. Cook and members of his administration a chance to meet some of the many leaders in the Latino community.
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