Submitted by: Randy Morris, Randy Morris, MCCA State Lobbyist
The 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session has three weeks to go - a May 18th adjournment looms. The only task the Legislature must complete is to have a 2015 - 2017 budget in place. Higher Education is a $3b piece of the puzzle.
SF 5, the Senate Omnibus bill, has passed the Senate Floor and HF 845, the House Omnibus, awaits House Floor action. Then the bills will head on to a Conference Committee to resolve differences between the two bills. And there are differences:
Notably, neither bill alters state grant eligibility for institutions or requires new mandates for enrollment disclosure to students.
Minnesota Career College Association goals for this session include maintaining student choice with state grant dollars following the student, advocating for increases in the LME and two year caps and providing the Higher Education Committees with our sector's outcomes.
I encourage all schools to invite their Senator and Representative to your campuses: tell them about your program offerings, the student profile for those enrolled, and your outcomes.
Submitted by: The Art Institutes International Minnesota
Chris Sasaki, Character Artist, gave a presentation on his contributions to the new Pixar/Disney film Inside Out to 200+ students, faculty, staff, alumni and Professional Advisory Committee members on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The Art Institutes International Minnesota was Chris' first promotional stop for this film! Chris gave a great presentation, talked about the development of the film and offered advice regarding creative work. In addition, he was able to show seven minutes of the film, which doesn't land in theaters for almost two months!
Submitted by: National American University
Doreen Nnaemeka is a May 2014 National American University Roseville graduate in the B.S. Healthcare Management degree. She is now the program manager at Opal Services. When asked why she should earn her degree she said, “Earning more money is one of the reasons. More job opportunities and more-greater room for a better benefit. To have a better status in the society. [Also,] to be a model to my children to follow.”
In discussing the benefits of obtaining a degree Nnaemeka said, “Earning a degree helped me to communicate better with people. Earned me opportunity to have more stable job. [It also made it] worth it in life. I am earning better money now. I am making a better plan for my son’s college future. My family life has changed financially.”
In regards to challenges while going to school, Nnaemeka has had a few. A working mother and wife also going to school, she spent many late nights working on her assignments. “But I always have my goal at heart.” She also traveled from one library to another just to meet her assignment criteria. “I have no time to party or visit friends but I know that one day I will finish school and the time will be mine.” “It is hard but it’s worth doing,” says Nnaemeka.