Brown Mackie College – North Canton Graduate Represents Career Colleges During Legislative Day in Columbus, OH
Veronica Holt, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Brown Mackie College – North Canton, attended Legislative Day in Columbus, Ohio alongside Campus President Peter Perkowski. Legislative Day is sponsored through the Ohio Association of Career Colleges & Schools for its members, and is an opportunity for college representatives to meet with local legislators to share their success stories, and educate them on the value of career colleges.
During her visit to the state capital, Holt met with representatives from the offices of Senator Scott Oelslager (R) – District 29 and Representative Kirk Schuring (R) – District 48. Other meetings included John Ware, Executive Director of the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools and Kent Trofholz, Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools. Additionally, Holt was able to hear Representative Antani, the youngest member in the House and a proponent of career colleges, address the value of career colleges in his speech to those attending Legislative Day. “Having the opportunity to be heard in our state capital on Legislative Day was an honor,” stated Holt. “I was so incredibly grateful to the representatives who take the time to meet us on our level, and by doing so are able to put a face and a story to the issues that are in front of them.”
Holt is a proud advocate of Brown Mackie College – North Canton and the opportunities her education has allowed her. “I feel that career and community colleges, in my opinion, play a large part in the success of many students,” she stated. “The education and support that I received at Brown Mackie College in North Canton has truly made a difference in my life.”
Described as a “dedicated student,” Holt identified early on that she wanted to work with and assist victims of domestic violence. In January of this year, she was hired at her externship site, Medina County Court System Battered Women’s Shelter as a Court Advocate. Holt also runs her own domestic violence support group through the court system.
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(Below Left) BMC-North Canton grad, Veronica Holt (R), poses with Abby, a Legislative Fellow for Representative Schuring. (Below Right) Veronica Holt meets with (L) John Ware, Exec. Director of the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools and (R) Kent Trofholz, Exec. Director of the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools.