February 7, 2014
CALMAR & PEOSTA—A Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) delegation of administrators, staff members and students visited Des Moines on Jan. 30 to participate in the annual “Statehouse for Community College Day on the Hill” event.
The visit offered students and NICC staff members an opportunity to meet with their northeast Iowa legislators and increase awareness about the important work of Iowa’s community colleges that impacts the state’s economic growth, successful workforce training initiatives and education.
Students who attended met with the lawmakers to share their stories as NICC students and to express their gratitude for the Iowa legislature’s increased funding to community colleges last year. NICC President Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D., college administrators and staff members joined the student delegation.
During the 2013 legislative session, Iowa lawmakers made a significant investment in community colleges through the creation of the Skilled Worker Job Creation Fund that is providing greater financial aid to students in high demand occupations. The legislature also, for the first time, provided funding for Adult Education and Literacy programs statewide, and lawmakers and Governor Terry Branstad approved an increase in general aid to community colleges in Iowa.
Alison Green, president of the NICC Peosta campus iMPACT student leadership organization, enjoyed the trip to Des Moines and the opportunity to connect with Iowa legislators personally.
“It was very interesting to meet our legislators, get to know them one-on-one and talk about what they are doing for NICC and for all the other community colleges in Iowa,” Green said. “I especially liked meeting Senator Todd Bowman (D - District 29). He has kids of his own that are college age, and he connected with all of us on a personal level.”
The daughter of Denny and Amy Green of Cascade, Alison is a 2012 graduate of Cascade High School and is enrolled in the Associate of Arts transfer degree program at NICC. She plans to graduate in May 2014.
The Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) sponsors the annual legislative trip for NICC students who are active in the college’s leadership program, iMPACT. Throughout the year, the organization plans and organizes extracurricular activities, coordinates community service projects and works closely with the Student Life, Diversity and Leadership offices at both campuses.