News Release
For Immediate Release
Adriana Cedeno & President GlinieckiFOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT

ANSON SMITH AT 203-332-5229 OR ADRIANA CEDENO AT 203-522-6952

CUTLINE: Housatonic Community College student and Stratford resident Adriana Cedeno (left) was joined at the White House Executive order signing by HCC President Anita T. Gliniecki.


Meets President Obama
Says President “A Real Person”

BRIDGEPORT – For Housatonic Community College student Adriana Cedeno of Stratford, Tuesday, Oct. 19, is a day she will not forget.

It was the day that she met President Barack Obama, had her picture taken him, and was one of a dozen people who stood next to Obama in the East Room of the White House when he signed an executive order extending the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. That measure seeks to improve the educational experience of Latinos.

“It was a historic moment,” she said. “The initiative will open doors for people like me and members of my family.”

Hispanics, she noted, make up the largest minority in schools today, more than one in five. Yet, they’re more likely to attend the lowest performing schools, attend the largest classes, and drop out at higher rates than the rest of the population.

The initiative, she said, will address these problems.

The mission of the initiative, Obama said, is expanding educational opportunities and improving educational outcomes for Hispanics of all ages and helping to ensure that all Hispanics receive a complete and competitive education that prepares them for college, a career, and productive and satisfying lives.

Toward this end, the initiative will help ensure that Federal programs and initiatives are serving and meeting the needs of Hispanics. The initiatives staff will work closely with the Executive Office of the president on priorities related to the education of Hispanics, and assist with the development, implementation, and coordination of educational programs and initiatives designed to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for Hispanics.

Not only was Cedeno impressed by the president’s efforts to help Hispanics, she was impressed by the President himself. “He wasn’t at all what I expected a president to be like,” she said. “He wasn’t distant or stand-offish. He came across as a real person; he looked you in the eyes when he spoke to you.”

“At one point, when we were walking to the East Room, he was whistling,” she said.

Cedeno, who was chosen to attend the signing based on her academic achievement and co-curricular involvements at HCC, was flattered by her selection.

“It’s an honor and a true blessing to me and my family,” she said. “Something like this doesn’t happen to everyone. To be selected from so many students at the college is unbelievable!”  

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC provides employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: <> .

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.