Today, a select group of students, staff and champions of the college are converging at the state Capitol Building in Salem for PCC’s Lobby Day. The group will spread information to state leaders about the college’s education programs, how people obtain professional skills for in-demand jobs and the importance of PCC in the community. In addition to meeting legislators, participants will get the chance to witness a floor session, visit PCC booths, and congratulate this year’s Diamond Alum Award winners, who will be announced during a luncheon presentation. Below are updates from the day. Check back often!
Update – 5:38 p.m.
That’s it! PCC Day at the Capitol has finished, but the memories will live on. Feel free to scroll back down and relive the memories and thanks to all who participated!
3:41 p.m., Monday, May 13
Chris Lyon (right) of Mudshark Studios was handing out ceramic growlers to key representatives in the gallery area of the Capitol Building. Lyon’s company learned to handle its surging growth at the college’s SBDC.
3:22 p.m., Monday, May, 13
Visits with legislators are still going strong. The Southeast Center bus has pulled next to the Capitol awaiting its passengers. The day is nearing an end!
2:23 p.m., Monday, May 13
We’re embedded with Preston Pulliams’ lobbying group. So far, we’ve visited Sen. Jackie Dingfelder and Rep. Alyssa Keny Guyer’s staff to talk about the importance of more funding for community colleges. We also slip in that we’re handing out free ice cream sandwiches in the rotunda.
1:22 p.m., Monday, May 13
Three of our five Diamond Alums were present for their awards. Big standing ovation for them and the other two at the end of the luncheon. Speeches covered funding community colleges so that more diamonds like these can be made. Pictured are Theresa Bunker, Martina Clemmons and Joe Gallegos.
12:35 p.m., Monday, May 13
In progress… The Diamond Alum luncheon with speakers Michael Dembrow and Ted Wheeler currently stirring up the crowd.
PCC President Preston Pulliams gets geared up for the Senate floor session proclaiming today PCC day.