LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westwood College – Inland Empire Campus hosted U.S. Congreswoman Judy Chu from California’s 27th District on January 21, where she held a wide-ranging discussion with a full house of students and staff on key issues facing the crowd and the country. It was Congresswoman Chu’s first visit to the Westwood College – Inland Empire Campus.
“This was an outstanding way for our staff and students to interact with one of their key government representatives,” said Westwood College – Inland Empire Campus President Tina Miller. “Congresswoman Chu was very engaging and held a great back-and-forth discussion. She was very enlightening to the audience, and our students also helped her understand their issues, so it was a positive experience for everybody involved. We look forward to having her return to campus.”
The standing-room crowd of more than 100 included many U.S. military veterans who are current Westwood College students. After representative Chu gave a short background on her teaching experience and her journey into the political arena, she addressed some points that she felt strongly about such as immigration reform, bills that support small businesses and veteran services, and keeping interest rates low on educational loans. She emphasized the importance of how having a college education will breed career success, and voiced her support for Westwood College on doing a great job educating tomorrow's work force. At the end of the speaking session, she answered a variety of questions from students and staff which included the future of Pell and Cal grants, discrepancies on veteran benefits, and whether or not she will run for re-election (“yes,” she confirmed).
After the large group session, Representative Chu then met with a small group of current students receiving Veteran’s benefits, which gave the students the opportunity to ask her questions one-on-one. Representative Chu learned from Westwood Veteran students some of the challenges they face, including having their VA housing allowance reduced if they are unable to carry more than 12 units, even if through no fault of their own.
Chu, the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress, is currently serving her second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, having first been elected in 2009, then earning re-election in 2012 in California’s newly-drawn 27th District. She serves on the House Small Business Committee, where she is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access and a member of the Subcommittees on Contracting and Workforce and Investigations, Oversight and Regulations.
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Westwood College is an institution of higher learning with 14 campuses located in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia. Westwood offers a hands-on, career-focused curriculum in fields such as healthcare, technology and business. Westwood is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). A 2012 survey conducted by Noel-Levitz showed Westwood students are significantly more satisfied than the comparison group of approximately 125 public and private colleges, particularly in the areas of course content, quality of instruction and the school meeting their career goals. For more information, visit westwood.edu.