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Student Legislative Seminar


34th Annual IACCT Student Legislative Seminar 

March 3, 2022 at Iowa Capitol Building and Curate Event Space


Registration & Participant Information



Student Legislative Seminar March 3 2022. About the Event: For 34 years, Iowa Community Colleges have brought students to the Capitol City for the Student Legislative Seminar. The goals of this event are to: 1. Build student leadership skills and abilities 2. Engage students in state legislative advocacy 3. Help students network across the state. This day includes time at the Capitol to engage with legislators and learn about the political process as well as t ime for networking and speakers on leadership and civic engagement. Schedule Capitol 7:30- 12:00 p.m. Breakfast available for attendees in the rotunda. Groups can set up their own legislative meetings and/or tours 8:30 a.m. Introduced in the House 9:00 a.m. Introduced in the Senate. Travel to Curate. Curate 12:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 12:30 p.m. Lunch and leadership session welcome (IACCT Executive Director Emily Shields) 1:30 p.m. legislative panel discussion 2:30 p.m. student leadership and civic responsibility (IACCT Director of Equity and Inclusion Roy  Salcedo) 3:30 p.m. Call to Action and Adjourn. Make the Most of the Day. The Student Legislative Seminar is designed to help you build leadership skills and advance the Community Colleges for Iowa legislative agenda. If you've never talked to legislators before, it's time to get out of your comfort zone and make your voice heard. Community College Legislative Priorities. Invest in Community Colleges. We rely on State General Aid and local property tax funding for core operations and staffing needed to sustain strong programs. We support increasing this critical funding by $14 million to keep up with rising costs and keep tuition down. Programs and Policies to Boost Enrollment. Our enrollment continues to be ahead of national averages, but declines are a long-term challenge that needs to be addressed. We support funding and policies to boost enrollment, including strategies for supporting high school students in exploring post-secondary education and training options, providing adequate funding to make education accessible to all, and other policies that help make education available to people at all stages of life. Thank you to our generous sponsors: PMA Network. Collaboration to Meet Workforce Training Needs We play a critical role in education, training, and re-training for Iowa's workforce system. We support addressing workforce shortages in the long term by increasing funding to the Workforce Training and Economic Development (WTED) Fund by $5 million to expand capacity for critical training and education programs. Quick Tips for Effective Advocacy. Get right to the point. Lawmakers are busy and want to know what they can do for you quickly. Tell your story. Facts are important, but your personal story as a student makes all the difference. Do your homework. Use the resources below to figure out who your legislators are and what they care about. Plan for follow-up. Always reach out after an in-person conversations to thank them for listening and share any information they requested. Other Resources. We also have many other helpful resources available for you to use on our website:  (A list of state representatives, District Map of the state of Iowa, Map of Senate legislators by your district, Map of Representatives by your district. Educational documents including: How a Bill Becomes a Law, Appropriations Process, Legislative Terminology., Budget Process in Iowa, and Participations and Organizations in Making Iowa Laws. About  Community Colleges for Iowa. Community Colleges for Iowa is one voice for accessible excellence in education. We bring Iowa's 15 Community Colleges together to advocate for Iowa students, business, and communities. ,


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