You may not think about it very often, but our government and politics shape how we live. Your education, your speech, your opinions, your way of life—they are all things that have been protected for you by our legislation. If you feel strongly enough about these freedoms, you would know that it is important to become involved with your local government to stay in tune with what is going on locally, nationally, and even worldwide.Students, staff and faculty from the seven Globe University campuses throughout Wisconsin knew just how to have their voices heard as they gathered at the State Capitol on April 16 to share their stories with local politicians. During a day filled with educational tours and a few history lessons too, students and staff told their stories to countless senators and representatives as they participated in the Wisconsin Council for Independent Education Hill Day.
A warm welcome was felt as the group began the morning with an address from the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Director of State Affairs, Brian Newman. Brian stressed that it was important that our staff, faculty and students address higher education issues with our local legislators.
“It is important for our schools to be providing the career-focused education that will help send people out into the workforce,” Brian said. “More education means less unemployment.”
Globe University-Appleton staff and students visited the state Assembly room, the Senate, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. They were fascinated to learn a bit about the Capitol and enjoyed speaking with staff members of Senator Dave Hansen and Senator Michael Ellis. Students finished the day speaking with Senator Michael Ellis about education choices and why their choice of a career college worked for them.
Globe University-Appleton student Carrie Heyn was one of the students to make the trip—it was her first time visiting the city of Madison, and her first trip to the State Capitol.
“It was so neat to see the Capitol and meet with our legislators,” Carrie said. “I liked telling my story and hope that my voice was heard.”