A harsh February day in St. Paul, Minn., and a bustling Capitol building could not keep 132 career college students from having their stories heard.
Minnesota School of Business (MSB)-Plymouth joined forces with other career colleges from across the state to meet with local legislators during the Minnesota Career College Association (MCCA) Hill Day.
Grace Monserud represented the MSB-Plymouth campus for the second consecutive year. She is working toward a degree in business administration and is slated to graduate this March. After attending Hill Day for the second time, she encouraged all students to attend in the future.
“I would say you have to attend [Hill Day] at least once,” Monserud said. “Everybody should have the chance to meet and talk to their elected representatives. I think it’s important that you talk to [legislators] and let them know you have an opinion on things that are important in your life.”
Attendees started the day at the Kelly Inn, just across the street from the Capitol, to hear from Tricia Grimes, a policy analyst for the Minnesota Department of Higher Education. According to Grimes, recommendations from Governor Mark Dayton could add millions to state grant funding, including giving more students access to financial aid who previously did not have that access to help pay for college.
The Plymouth campus representatives had the privilege of meeting with Representative Jerry Hertaus (District 33A-Greenfield) and Senator Terri Bonoff (District 44-Minnetonka). Hertaus serves on the House Higher Education Committee, while Bonoff is the chair of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee.
Monserud and MSB-Plymouth Community Manager Matt Marek had the chance to talk about such issues as access and choice for all students in the higher education realm.
“Getting to talk to legislators is not as intimidating as it may seem,” Monserud said. “You have to remember they represent you, and they want to hear from the people they represent.”
For other Hill Day recaps, you can view archives by searching for #HillDay on Twitter, or viewing other Minnesota School of Business blogs and Facebook pages.