Recently, eight Globe University-Green Bay students and staff gathered at Capitol Hill to participate in this year’s Wisconsin Council of Independent Education (WCIE) Hill Day.
Hill Day is a day for all career colleges to get together and educate state representatives and senators on who we are, the students we service, and the impact we have on improving local employer hiring outcomes.
As the campus director, I had the privilege of introducing six of our Globe University students (Jon Galbraith, massage therapy student, Kayla Taddy, Laura Ducat, Michelle Jadin, Elyse Rosenthal and Brianna Wilcox, medical assistant students) to Representative John Macco’s staff, Ben Joniaux, Representative David Steffen, Senator Frank Lasee’s staff, Rob Covach, Senator Robert Cowles staff, Jason Mugnaini, and Representative Jim Steineke.
Each of our six students shared their personal stories on why they selected Globe University-Green Bay as their career college of choice. And while each story was unique, what stood out among was the three things they all shared. Each student agreed that while they had all attended other higher educational institutions, Globe was the first place they felt they belonged, the first place they truly felt they had individualized attention, and the first place they knew they would finally earn a degree.
Watching their faces light up and seeing them smile as they shared their stories that ended with a picture of a college degree obtained in a career field they are passionate about reminded me that while the day was a bit longer than a normal workday or school day for the group, it was all worth it. Even if we aren’t always in front of the senator or representative themselves, we knew the staff meeting with us were taking great notes and asking questions that further educated them on our career college sector.
Laura Nelson, Globe University-Green Bay’s paralegal program chair, also took a moment to share her recent success in helping a free legal clinic open in downtown Green Bay, a clinic that allows her paralegal students the privilege of learning firsthand from attorneys that volunteer their time at the clinic.
Perhaps the best part of the day was the recap when we gathered for lunch at The Old Fashion across from the Capitol.
“So, next week I will graduate, and I am just wondering if it would be possible to attend Hill Day next year” Jon Galbraith asked. “After attending last year and now this year, I can already see that our senators and representatives do have a better understanding of the career college sector, and I would enjoy seeing the impact we’ve had this year on next year’s day.”
When I shared with Jon that I would enjoy having an employed alumni of Globe University join us for the day, the other ladies shared their interest in attending again. The medical assistant students could not believe how easy it was to meet with our state legislatures and how great each legislature was in listening. It definitely was a day that left a positive impression on me, our students, our paralegal program chair, and now our massage therapy employed graduate.