C-SPAN Cities Tour Brings Network, Rep. Katko to ITC

     Published on 9/25/15   Tagged under:    ITC   

As Congressional Representative John Katko entered ITC, a group of Media Communications students greeted him, shaking his hand and welcoming him to their school.
Thanks to the C-SPAN Cities Tour, students had the opportunity to meet their Congressional Representative, giving him a tour of their school and explaining the cutting-edge programs offered through the P-Tech program.
Intended to bring C-SPAN staff, students, teachers and local leaders together, the Cities Tour exposed ITC students to the network’s free online resources, including a C-SPAN Video Library that students can use for school assignments. As part of the event, Media Communications students even got to interview Rep. Katko in the school’s broadcast studio!
The students interviewed their Congressional Representative about everything from why he became a Congressman to what he has done for the people of Central New York to policy issues like tuition costs, poverty and race.
Senior November Keene, who hopes to become a forensic photographer, said the interview was valuable because of the practical experience it provided.
“Things like this give me a taste for what it will be like when I go to college,” November explained. “Now I know what it will be like to interview people like him.”
With hopes to become a television broadcaster, classmate Kadeer Thomas said he looked at the interview as an opportunity to improve his skills.
“My sister is in communications, and that’s what motivated me to enter the program,” he explained. “I want to be on the news! When I watch the video over again, I will look for things that I can improve on.”
Rep. Katko commended the students—and their peers behind the scenes—on their professionalism. “What you’re doing here at ITC is innovative,” he stated. “You kids chose to be here. You are learning in a different way, which is important, and you are self-motivated. I wanted to come here to be your cheerleader!”
Seniors in the AP U.S. Government and Economics classes also had the chance to speak with the Congressman, asking him about everything from immigration to the upcoming Presidential election.
Thank you C-SPAN, Time Warner Cable and Representative Katko for providing this one-of-a-kind experience for students!

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