The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 1, 2013

CCC students meet legislators in Des Moines

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — A group of Clinton Community College students and educators met with Iowa legislators last week.

The group traveled to the Capitol in Des Moines to tell their story on why they chose to attend a community college. Students met with MJ Dolan and Dave Palmer representing Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, and state legislators Mary Wolfe, Linda Miller, Rita Hart, Steve Olson, Tod Bowman, Brian Moore, Frank Wood, Phyllis Thede, Jim Likam, Cindy Winkler, Tom Courtney, Bobby Kaufmann, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tom Courtney and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal.

Clinton Community College Student Senate Advisor Mardell Mommsen said the students did well interacting with legislators.

“This experience helped them to put into perspective what they have learned from textbooks,” Mommsen said. “They are excited to come back to campus and share with their fellow students the importance of communicating with our legislators and ‘telling their story.’ Students truly make a difference.”

Each year, Iowa community college students gather in Des Moines to meet with legislators as part of the ACCT Seminar. The IAACT Seminar is an opportunity for students to learn about the importance of the lobbying processes and they too can make a difference.