The upcoming statewide legislative rally is an event where students can remind lawmakers in Olympia that higher education is a priority and student rights should be protected.
Students from Pierce College will join students from other community colleges across the state to address issues such as tuition costs, textbooks prices and higher education funding cuts.
“We are all meeting to lobby against budget cuts from higher education,” ASPCP President Michael Alkire said. “We can’t make cuts on education because that is the solution to our budget problem. We are the future of the nation.”
The legislative rally from noon-1:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 is open to Pierce College Puyallup students. Transportation from the campus will be provided. The bus leaves campus at 11 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. To ride the bus to attend the free rally, students should sign up in the Office of Student Life in room C210.
Pierce College students who attend the event will be provided with t-shirts that read, “Don’t cut the solution: We are Washington’s solution.”
Students at Pierce College have participated in the legislative rally for the last several years.
Hannah Bryan attended last year’s rally.
“The rally gave me more appreciation of who it would all affect,” she said. “It’s important to us as students.”
Speakers at the event will include Kaileen Sparrs, student body president at Clover Park Technical College.
Many state legislators are expected to attend.
“They want to know what’s affecting us,” Alkire said. “It’s a great opportunity for students to urge legislators to not cut the solution.”
Following the speakers, the rally will commence. Afterward, leaders in the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges will gather, including Alkire, who will represent Pierce College.
“We are dramatically affected by the Legislature,” said Sean Cooke, director of student life. “We need to get students active and have a big presence in Olympia.”
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