Governor schools frustrated students Schaefer quizzed on jobs for grads

February 11, 1993|By Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS -- Western Maryland College senior Kristine Holland doesn't know what she wants to do after she graduates. But she had plenty to tell Gov. William Donald Schaefer about what graduates need.

Jobs. And plenty of them.

Ms. Holland, 22, of Ellicott City, was granted an hour audience with the governor yesterday, after confronting him Tuesday at a Baltimore news conference. The theater major writes for her college newspaper, The Phoenix.

Ms. Holland wanted to know Tuesday what the governor would do to provide jobs for college graduates. The governor responded by asking her to meet with him at the State House.

She quickly accepted, and brought three other Western Maryland College students with her.

"I think he wants to have a clearer view on what's going on," Ms. Holland said, before disappearing into the governor's chambers.

The students, all staffers at The Phoenix, said afterward that they were not disappointed by the substance of the exchange or by what they discovered about the governor's personality.

"I found him very open, honest, very personable, very concerned about what we had to say," Ms. Holland said.

"I thought that Governor Schaefer was very interested in what we had to say."

Ms. Holland said the governor told the group that he would like to use Western Maryland College to try out a system to help graduating students hook up with prospective employers. Initially, the liaison would be made through the campus career center. Once the program is established, it would be expanded to other Maryland campuses.

Senior David Miller, a communications major who sat in on the interview, said he learned about little-known opportunities that would help students after they graduate.

"There are job-service centers in each of the counties," he said.

The centers are located in the unemployment offices and have professional job listings, said Ms. Holland.

Rebecca Kae, a junior and editor of The Phoenix, said Mr. Schaefer helped her understand why state colleges targeted for program cuts are responding so defensively.

The students also got to meet Shaila Aery, state secretary of higher education; Mark L. Wasserman, state secretary of economic and employment development; and Mr. Wasserman's assistant secretary, Charles Middlebrookes.

Ms. Holland said she won't soon forget the encounter.

"I feel very honored," she said.

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