On Tuesday, April 20, 66 students, administrators and faculty gathered in Madison for the Wisconsin Council for Independent Education’s (WCIE) first Hill Day. The group was comprised of seven different Wisconsin universities, Career College Association representatives and the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board (EAB).
The day kicked off with an introduction from Globe University – Eau Claire’s state representative, Jeff Smith. Representative Smith addressed how he decided to pursue a career in politics after having volunteered in the Eau Claire school district. He recognized that in order to advance and make changes in the district he would need to be involved, and applauded the WCIE’s efforts for their involvement at the Capitol. Other speakers included Tom Kosel, Globe University’s Director of Government Relations, who provided talking points for the group; two students (Travis Kaeding – Globe University Eau Claire; Tiffany Gant - Bryant & Stratton), who both addressed the crowd on why they chose their respective schools and what opportunities lie ahead for them; and EAB executive secretary David Dies. WCIE President Fritz Oppenlander (Upper Iowa University) served as coordinator of the event – both he and former President Pete Pavone (Bryant & Stratton) assured the group this would be an annual event that will only continue to grow.
The response at the Capitol was excellent and we have planned several campus visits with legislators. Thanks to all attendees! If you are interested in joining us for Hill Day next April, make sure to speak with your campus director.