Students from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College traveled to Raleigh on June 9 to learn more about state government, meet district legislators and make their case for continued support for community colleges.
On June 9, students Moises Garcia, and Teresa Lowenstein joined students from across North Carolina who attended the weeklong North Carolina Community College System Student Leadership Development Program. This year’s RCCC Student Government Association President Tereysha Robles participated in the program on behalf of RCCC.
Lowenstein said her chief concern to take to legislators was the salary gap for instructors and staff.
“We need to raise the salary ranking so that we actually attract professors,” said Lowenstein. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to speak on behalf of the school.”
The students sat in on a House session and met with House Reps. Carl Ford and Linda Johnson and left a note for state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus.
Natasha Lipscomb, director of Student Life and Leadership Development at RCCC, said that Ford is already knowledgeable about RCCC and that the school often invites elected officials to visit the campus. Students are active in voter registration drives and campus elections.
“Our students have their own democratic process,” said Lipscomb. “So for them to go and see where this happens on a state level brings it all together for them and empowers them to take more of a part as an active citizen.”
“Our students make decisions to come to school and to further their education. We believe that events like this and activities like this enhance that academic experience.”
According to a press release, students from community colleges across North Carolina have been visiting the General Assembly during the past few months to voice their support for raising instructor pay, funding community colleges for year-round instruction and maintaining affordable tuition rates.
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