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Finding my voice in the legislative process

March 29, 2019

From a student’s perspective, legislative advocacy can seem like an activity reserved for prestigious people with suits and ties. By believing this, finding belonging in the legislative process seemed unreachable for me. Through working with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) this legislative session, I discovered purpose behind projecting my voice to the Legislature, motivating me to encourage Washington students to do the same. >>

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Working for a greater purpose

March 15, 2019

Opening old boxes containing trophies from my high school speech and debate career, I couldn’t help but chuckle at my past naivety. Though at the time I relentlessly pursued earning these pieces of plastic and metal, the material pointlessly sits deep in my closet today. However, the speaking and critical thinking skills that developed in that journey are what currently allow me to pursue my advocacy passion. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges recognizes that the true purpose behind legislative advocacy does not lie in boosting our egos with accomplishments, but in changing student lives. >>

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Student agendas meeting their checkpoint

March 08, 2019

Students enroll in college with a belief that they will one day cross the graduation stage. How the state invests in community and technical colleges should reflect that students want more than access to educational opportunities — they want to transfer, earn a certificate or degree, and leave college prepared to succeed in their careers. Yet too many students fail to complete college due to barriers including college affordability, educational resources and a lack of guidance that significantly increases the time to a degree. >>

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