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During visits to the White House and the Department of Education as part of a three-week networking road trip, 13 York College students scored a meeting with federal Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The D.C. trip was coordinated by Jeff Vermeulen, York College's assistant vice president of external relations, with help from 2001 alumnus Brandon Sherman, who works in the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights.

The students met with DeVos on Jan. 11, according to a district spokeswoman.

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“We appreciate the officials from the Department of Education taking time to talk to our students about the importance of education in America, and conversely, for them to hear from our students about what matters to them,” York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith said in a statement.

One of the “Road Crew” students, Zachary Snier, called it an honor to meet with education policymakers, which “demonstrated how our federal government is not as distant from the citizens as I once believed.”

Seeing an alum — Sherman — reach a high level in government such as assistant secretary to the OCR was also inspiring, Snier said.

Reach education reporter Junior Gonzalez at jgonzalez@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @EducationYD.

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