Recently, Dean of Students Meghan Paulson, and Community Manager Nicole Rasmussen attended the 2015 Minnesota Career College Association (MCCA) Hill Day. The event is held to provide representatives from career colleges from across the state with an opportunity to learn about legislation related to higher education as well as to visit with their local senators and representatives.
“Hill Day exceeded my expectations,” Paulson said.
This year’s event began with presentations from Senator Jeremy Miller, Senator Terri Bonoff, and Meredith Fergus from the Office of Higher Education. Each speaker discussed current issues in the world of higher education including credit questions, new programs and financial aid.
Afterwards, Paulson and Rasmussen were joined by Chris Schmitz, Minnesota School of Business-Online campus director, when they met with Representative Nick Zerwas and Senator Mary Kiffmeyer, who represent the area in which Minnesota School of Business-Elk River is located. The meeting was a fantastic opportunity for the staff members to discuss their questions and concerns about current and upcoming legislation.
Both Zerwas and Kiffmeyer are very supportive of MSB’s mission and were receptive and attentive to the concerns expressed by the staff members. The pair discussed some of their own thoughts and vision for the future of higher education and expressed their appreciation for the representatives taking time out to speak with them.
“I really appreciated the time in Nick’s office where it was clear he and the Senator are for the students and their right to choose the education institution that is right for them,” Schmitz said.
The group was treated to a special tour of the House floor at the end of the day and given the unique opportunity to stand behind the speaker’s podium. Zerwas was able to explain how things work in the trenches and encouraged the group to continue to reach out to local legislators and continue to advocate for the needs of the students.
“Senator Kiffmeyer and Representative Zerwas took time to hear about life at Minnesota School of Business,” Paulson said. “We had a great discussion about our students’ needs and were given a tour of the house chambers. It was great opportunity for learning and sharing our story. I am so glad that I could be a part of the day.”