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Policy committees wrap up first full week of hearings back from floor cutoff

March 22, 2019

House and Senate policy committees wrapped up their first full week back following the March 20 floor cutoff, hearing bills from the opposite chamber. Community and technical college system representatives were on the hill testifying on the Career Connect Washington and the Washington College Promise Scholarship bills. Also up for a hearing was a bill that would create a summer Running Start pilot program and a bill that would create a scholarship program for eligible College in the High School and Running Start students. >>

New prospects, exciting events, promise and productivity

New prospects, exciting events, promise and productivity

February 08, 2019

Every week the internship experience gets better because there are new prospects and exciting events I get to witness. I cherish and appreciate the moments at House College and Workforce Development Committee hearings. I appreciate them for the fact that I get to start off the day strong with hearing bills that are going to affect the future of my education and that of my fellow students. And I love that I get to be present at them and occasionally testify. My day starts off full of promise of productivity. >>

Career Connect Washington and Washington Promise Scholarship bills highlight the session's second week

January 25, 2019

Committee work continued this week as representatives and senators took up hot topics affecting community and technical colleges and students. House and Senate higher education committees heard governor-requested bills on Career Connect Washington and the Washington College Promise Scholarship at their Tuesday hearings. >>

Recap of month one for student legislative intern

February 02, 2018

Last July, for the first time, I was introduced to the Washington Community and Technical College Student Association (WACTCSA) and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges at the WACTCSA summer training. This was part of my new job as Senator of Legislative Affairs at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC). That summer was around the time I started getting that itch for political activism. >>

College affordability, student support bills heard in committees one week before first cutoff

January 26, 2018

Representatives from the college system were in full-force on the hill this week as committees continued hearings ahead of next week’s policy cutoff deadline. Bills on college affordability, ways to support students as they attend college, and expanding apprenticeship opportunities were all on committee agendas. >>

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