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UDC-CC Backus Location Opening Ceremony

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Uploaded on Sep 13, 2010

A host of city officials joined leaders of the University System of the District of Columbia in officially opening the Community College of DC at Backus, a renovated property on South Dakota Ave., Northeast. Dr. Allen Sessoms, President of the University System, thanked the city leaders who attended, including DC Council Chair Vincent Gray, Ward 5 Council Member Harry Thomas, Jr., Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser and Council Member At-Large Kwame Brown. Sessoms credited the opening of the Backus site to the determination of Dr. Jonathan Gueverra and his staff as well as the hard work of Barbara Jumper, UDC's Vice President of Facilities, and her staff. The Backus site will host a variety of work force development programs for the community college and will strive to give the community the skills it needs to compete regionally and nationally. That the press conference was held on 9/11 was no accident. Tribute was paid to two people who died on the hijacked airliner that crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Eleven-year-old Asia Cottom was a sixth grader at the then Backus Middle School, and her teacher Sarah Clark, along with two other students and two teachers from Leckie Elementary School were traveling to California for a National Geographic competition. A plaque honoring Asia Cottom and Sarah Clark was dedicated during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Dr. Sessoms remarked, "I can think of no more fitting way to honor them than by expanding quality public education here in Ward 5 and across the city."

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