April 16 started early, but the two-hour drive to Madison was well worth it for Globe University-Wausau Hill Day attendees, Adam Smrcka, campus director, Dr. Jamie Kahon, dean of students, and Desiree Ryan, administrative assistant and Globe University graduate. At the Capitol, representatives from Wisconsin career colleges, including the seven Wisconsin campuses of Globe University, came together as a part of Hill Day, a day sponsored by Wisconsin Council for Independent Education (WCIE) dedicated to fight for their students and equal opportunities for state grants. Globe-Wausau was proud to be among the attendees.
Speakers from a variety of educational institutions, including students, as well as politicians, addressed the group. They talked about the importance of sharing with our legislators our individual stories and the reasons we chose our educational institution or place of employment. Following the large-group meeting, each college group attended meetings with the representatives and senators from their respective areas.
Globe University-Wausau was fortunate enough to meet with Senator Jerry Petrowski.
Adam Smrcka was pleased with the events of the day. “We had the pleasure of meeting with Senator Jerry Petrowski to speak about the advantages/benefits of career education in the state of Wisconsin,” Adam said. “The main message that was discussed was the right to determine where a student chooses to receive their education and equal access to state funded support for students. Senator Petrowski is a major proponent of education and was kind enough to meet face-to-face with us to hear our story and mentioned that he would like to visit the campus in the near future. We appreciated our time with Senator Petrowski and enjoyed our trip to our state’s Capitol.”
Dr. Jamie Kahon added, “Attending Hill Day at the State Capitol was a unique experience that all voters should experience,’ Jamie said. “We were able to meet directly with our senator, Jerry Petrowski, and discuss issues that directly affected us in central Wisconsin. He was attentive, took notes and asked good questions. I truly feel that we were heard and our message will be carried into the decisions he has to make.”
The day left participants enthusiastic and optimistic about the work that is done by career colleges and confident in the skills that we are teaching our students—skills that will prepare them to enter the workforce with necessary knowledge and skills and maybe someday help to ensure that all students receive equal rights to a quality education.