Open House success with the attendance of legislators
This week, our attention has turned to the House and Senate floors as members spent the week debating and voting on bills. The week was busy with other activities, too.
On Feb. 28, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges hosted a legislative open house from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event was very entertaining and interesting. Colleges gathered to demonstrate some of the great programs they offer. Some programs represented sciences while others took the learning experience to a completely different level. Many legislators and staff came to see what the colleges had to showcase.
- Bates Technical College brought their interactive Dental Laboratory Technology.
- Bellingham Technical College brought a hands-on experience with their Automotive Collision Repair Technology. We could virtually spray paint on a smart board which showed us how auto painting is difficult and artistic at the same time.
- Big Bend Community College had a great hands-on experience by letting us navigate drones with their Unmanned Aerial Systems program.
- Centralia College, through the Augmented Reality Software program, brought a virtual reality software that was entertaining to both use and to hear about the things that a reality software could help with.
- Edmonds Community College brought delicious culinary treats and showed us what a great culinary program they have.
- From Grays Harbor College came the Carpentry Technology program, and we could see the amazing job the students were doing. Hearing the story of how long construction takes raises awareness to the community to see what an important job this is. Without them, we wouldn’t have a roof. The program teaches business management in addition to carpentry.
- Pierce College showed the Integrated Digital English Accelerated (IDEA) program that helps English Language Learners (ELL) students learn English and computer skills at the same time. Pierce brought students who described the program to us. It helps students learn more skills. It was exciting to see how Pierce College is helping all their students.
- Representatives from Skagit Valley College’s Craft Brewing Academy explained the resources used and that all of their ingredients were sourced from Washington state. The college also takes its students to breweries to expose them to the environment in action.
Overall, the open house was very successful, spreading the word and showcasing the unique ways community and technical colleges serve their communities and the state. It was amazing to see what the colleges do and the ways they encourage their students.
Lastly, as the quarter is ending for me, I want to have a moment to reflect on the great opportunity offered to me. To any student who is reading this and cares about their community, I would encourage them to apply for future internships. I improved my communication skills, and I was able to understand and appreciate the legislative process. It is an incredible opportunity that you will never regret doing.