Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The cookies featured a special message about the important role two-year colleges play in economic recovery. It said, "Washington's recipe for economic recovery: invest in worker retraining, fund financial aid, reinvent our students' future. Technical education is a key ingredient!"
One group of students spoke with Leslie Goldstein, executive policy advisor to the Governor for higher education. Fire Service student Tien Tran, Marketing and Business Management and Technical High School student Alex Willis, and Machinist student Beverly Morris told their personal stories, the impact of Bates on their lives, and affirmed the importance of funding financial aid and other vital programs as trustees Theresa Pan-Hosley and Calvin Pearson listened.
Each student told a unique story about what technical education means to him or her.
Beverly recalls how amazing the experience was. "People on 'Capitol Hill' were listening to me and supporting what I was doing," she says. "Not a single one of the [legislators] gave us just some line. Everyone was honest...It has changed my way of thinking and changed me for life," says Beverly.
Legal Office Assistant student Michele Roman boasted, "Cookie Day in Olympia was such a great opportunity for me to tell my story," she says. "Everyone we spoke with was all for technical colleges! This was a day that I will never forget. I met many interesting and successful people who come from a similar background as myself, including attending a technical college," says Michele.
Special thanks to Digital Media student Taylor Hawkins, who spent the morning walking around the Capitol with the groups of students and a video camera to document the event.
Vickie Lackman, vice president of human resources; Dion Teague, dean of students; Kimberly Pleger, director of the Bates Foundation; Emma Ruhl, development specialist; and Chelsea Lindquist, communications specialist, also took time out of their schedules to accompany the students to Olympia.
Thank you to all of the students and staff members who helped to make Bates Cookie Day a sweet success! Please see below for more pictures.