For Immediate Release
1 March 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Tunxis Students Are Legislative Interns



Left to right: Tunxis students Janele McKay, Allie Petit and Andrew Fredericksen are shown at the Legislative Office Building.


Three students of Tunxis Community College in Farmington have been selected to serve as interns at the Connecticut General Assembly during spring semester 2010. They are Andrew Fredricksen of Wolcott, Janele McKay of Bristol, and Allie Petit of Plainville.

As part of the Legislative Internship Program, Fredericksen has been assigned to State Rep. Chris Perone (D-Norwalk), assistant majority leader. McKay is working for Sen. Joan V. Hartley (D-Waterbury), assistant president pro tempore of the state Senate, chair of regulations review committee and vice-chair of the appropriations committee. Petit is assigned to State Reps. Linda Gentile (D-Ansonia/Derby), assistant majority leader, and Maryanne Hornish (D-Granby). During the program, the interns will attend hearings and seminars and conduct research, among other duties. In the process they will study the roles of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government, and will witness the interactions of political parties, interest groups and the bureaucracy.

These activities are in conjunction with a Tunxis independent study program overseen by Fran Coan, Ph.D., associate professor of history, Robert Brown, associate professor of English/history, and Rafaele Fierro, Ph.D., assistant professor of history. Tunxis students have participated in the Legislative Internship Program since its inception in 1970.

From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers almost 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need.