The Minnesota Career College Association (MCCA) will be holding its annual Hill Day on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
And you should be there.
This annual event gives you a chance to speak to your local legislators about your experience as a student. It is a chance to meet other students from different Minnesota School of Business and Globe University campuses. More importantly, you will learn about your government at the state level and become a more informed citizen. Here are five more reasons you should attend:
1. Experience the state Capitol building
The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul was built in 1905, and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972. It is rich in history, and there is an energy that flows through the building on days the legislature is in session.
2. Meet YOUR representative
You may have reservations about sitting down and talking with a sitting state representative or senator.
All government officials are regular citizens, just like you and me. They are in office to serve the people of their communities, districts and states. It is a position of SERVICE. Watch this video from Senator Jim Metzen of St. Paul, as he details why meeting with constituents is the most important part of his job.
3. Represent your school
Students from all 13 member colleges of the MCCA will be in attendance. In years past, hundreds of students have converged on St. Paul to have their voices heard. For a day, you are the spokesperson for your home campus–pretty cool, right?
4. Learn more about how your government works
I’m not going to lie, the day is a flurry of activity, but we will be there to help you out. You will learn a little more about the legislative process and hear from education leaders within the Minnesota legislative ranks.
“It was very enlightening for me to learn more about how our government works,” current Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth student Shaun Ulrich said. “I thought that [Senator] Gen Olson was very knowledgeable and wanted to hear our stories and thoughts.”
5. Free breakfast!Who doesn’t like a free meal? That’s just one of the many benefits. Here’s the schedule for the day:
8 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Hill Day Orientation – Legislation 101
9:30 a.m. – Remarks from Senate and House Higher Education Committees and Office of Higher Education
10:15 a.m. – Question and Answer session
10:30 a.m. – Group photo on the Capitol steps
10:45 a.m. – Legislative visits
Sound interesting to you? You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Hope to see many of you on Feb. 5!