Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (MSB) was fortunate to be able to send a representative to 2015 Minnesota Career College Association (MCCA) Day on theHill. Tracey Stoeckel, medical assistant program chair, represented MSB-Blaine, meeting with legislators and others to hear about and discuss topics related to higher education.
Meredith Fergus from the Minnesota Department of Higher Education spoke about the State Scholarship. She went into detail about who gets it, how much money is given, where the money comes from, and how the governor has planned for more funds for this scholarship in 2015. She fielded questions about financial aid, and other topics as well.
“Minnesota Senator Jeremy Miller talked with us about career colleges in general. We were supposed to hear from Minnesota Senator Eric Pratt, but he got called into a hearing and could not visit with us. Instead, we heard from Minnesota Senator Terri Bonoff,” said Tracey Stoeckel. “It was fun to hear from her because she has been working on the bill formerly known as ‘Pipeline Project.’ The bill is going through the House now and will receive a name change.”
Minnesota Senator Bonoff is an advocate of the business alliance scholarship that MSB offers to help ensure a more prepared workforce in Minnesota. Stoeckel added, “She spoke of this at length and spent a great deal of time with us. It was very inspiring and left me feeling like I was in the right place.”
Tracey Stoeckel also mentioned, “We had a private meeting with Minnesota Representative Bud Nornes, a Sanford Brown graduate, who talked about his own experience at a career college and his life in education. He posed for a picture with Sheila Malewska, president of Sanford Brown College.”
“It was unfortunate that we didn’t have more students attending MCCA Hill Day, as I feel this experience would be useful in helping students connect with their community and also seeing the global value of their education,” commented Stoeckel.
We hope for more student participation for 2016 MCCA Hill Day!