GL_tonko2019Glenmont Job Corps Center Medical Administrative Assistant students attended the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Association meeting for the Black Nurses Coalition Anniversary. Among the special guests at the event was U.S. Representative Paul Tonko.

Dr. Brenda Robinson welcomed the students to the event. Rep. Tonko spoke about the U.S. Library of Congress Surplus Books and how the medical field needs more black nurses in health care. He has donated medical books to the Black Nurses Coalition for this cause. Rep. Tonko urged Glenmont to sign up for the Surplus Books Program as well.

The meeting also discussed violence in the community and how to achieve political and social change through nonviolent means. Should Never Use Guns (SNUG) talked about how its program works to get young men off the streets and away from gang affiliations.

The nurses helped motivate the students to further their education after they are finished their trade. It showed them that the medical field has many opportunities and that several colleges in the area offer nursing programs to help them reach those opportunities.