This week, the Minnesota School of Business-Online and three of our outstanding students had the opportunity to meet with Minnesota state and federal officials to discuss important topics facing both our students and our schools.
The annual event, sponsored by the Minnesota Career College Association (MCAA), marks an important day for career colleges such as MSB-Online. The purpose of Hill Day is for representatives from MCCA schools to speak with their legislators on the importance of supporting student access, choice and success in all areas of higher education. It also serves as a way to communicate the value and role of career colleges in providing quality education to our Minnesota students.
The student/legislator meetings kicked off with a quick walk to the State Office building where Minnesota House of Representatives’ Linda Slocum’s office was located. Slocum, has been a powerful advocate of career colleges in the past and was eager to meet with the students.
Business administration students like Elizabeth Dehn, Peter Alan and William Hermanson were able to speak with Slocum about issues facing them as students.
The cornerstone of the conversation hinged mostly on why students chose an Online curriculum versus a traditional college education. Slocum, a passionate education supporter, showed her enthusiasm and excitement to hear about our student’s success throughout the meeting.
The next legislative visit took place a few miles down the road from the capital building inside the office of Senator Al Franken. While Senator Franken was unable to meet with our students that day, he was able to arrange a meeting with his education field representative, Dan Solomon.
The conversation with Solomon centered on the student’s access to the Minnesota State Grant and other financial aid options available to them. Solomon says the meeting helped him understand more about how career colleges are affording Minnesota students a quality education.
In a follow-up conversation with Solmon, he said, “Thanks so much for the opportunity to meet with your students. I enjoyed hearing what issues are most important to them.”
After the meetings had wrapped up for the day, student, Elizabeth Dehn, said, “It was fun, and I think we made a great impression!”
Group leader and Graduate Admissions Representative Celina Serrano said, “It was great to see our students share their stories with our legislators. I think both our students and the legislators learned a lot about one another. All in all, I couldn’t have been happier with how these three students represented our colleges.”