October 24, 2018
C of O students meet with national legislators as part of Work Colleges ConsortiumCollege of the Ozarks students and administrator Dr. Marvin Schoenecke, dean of work and administration, tour the White House on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. The group was in Washington, D.C., for a meeting of the Work Colleges Consortium. (L-R): Dr. Marvin Schoenecke, dean of work and administration; Rebekah Goodwin, senior public relations major from Jones, Oklahoma; Sammy Poole, senior biblical and theological studies and recreational activities double major from Ash Grove, Missouri; Tyler Bleau, sophomore business administration major from Nixa, Missouri; and Harrison Strouse, senior mathematics and education double major from Springdale, Arkansas.
College of the Ozarks students serve alongside students and administrators from colleges in the Work Colleges Consortium at the Capital Area Food Bank on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. The group organized and prepared canned goods to be sent to current and future hurricane victims.
Students present Missouri Senator Roy Blunt with a plaque of appreciation for his support of the Work Colleges Consortium and College of the Ozarks. The group met Senator Blunt in his personal office in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (L-R): Dr. Marvin Schoenecke, dean of work and administration; Harrison Strouse, senior mathematics and education major from Springdale, Arkansas; Sammy Poole, senior biblical and theological studies and recreational activities double major from Ash Grove, Missouri; Rebekah Goodwin, senior public relations major from Jones, Oklahoma; and Tyler Bleau, sophomore business administration major from Nixa, Missouri.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Four College of the Ozarks’ students traveled to Washington, D.C., Sept. 28-Oct. 2, to represent the College at a meeting of the Work Colleges Consortium. While there, the students met with the Work Colleges Consortium members, the U.S. Department of Education, and several Missouri and Oklahoma senators, representatives, and congressional staff members.
The Work Colleges Consortium is a group of eight colleges across the nation who share the common goal of providing work-based, low-cost education for their students. All colleges in the consortium require full-time students to work a designated amount of hours weekly to cover most, if not all, of their tuition costs.
The purpose of the conference was to meet various national legislators and make them aware of the Work Colleges Consortium.
Dr. Marvin Schoenecke, dean of work education and administration at C of O, served as the sponsor of the trip. Schoenecke works closely with the Work Colleges Consortium throughout the year, due to his instrumental involvement in the College’s vocational mission.
“Meeting with the various legislators helped to create an awareness for the work colleges, which will hopefully encourage more colleges to become work colleges as well,” Schoenecke said.
“It is important for the work colleges to annually gather together to advocate for their institutions, share best practices, and learn from one another,” said Robin Taffler, consortium executive director.
The students attending the conference were as follows:
Harrison Strouse, senior mathematics and education double major, from Springdale, Arkansas
Sammy Poole, senior biblical and theological studies and recreational activities double major, from Ash Grove, Missouri
Rebekah Goodwin, senior public relations major, from Jones, Oklahoma
Tyler Bleau, sophomore business administration major, from Nixa, Missouri
Throughout the conference, students not only gained an understanding of the Work Colleges Consortium but also a deeper appreciation of United States history through multiple museum, monument, and memorial visits.
Students served the local community alongside other members of the consortium. At the Capital Area Food Bank, the students separated and organized canned goods, which aided in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
“Even though the sights made for amazing memories, my favorite moments were those spent meeting and getting to know new people from outside C of O,” Poole said.
“Getting to represent the College as well as the Work Colleges Consortium was a great experience for me,” Strouse said.
The final few days of the conference were spent presenting the Work Colleges Consortium, College of the Ozarks, and the students’ individual stories to the U.S. Department of Education, Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, Oklahoma Senator James Lankford, and Missouri Representatives Billy Long, Jason Smith, and Vicky Hartzler. The students thanked the legislators for their support of the consortium and made personal connections by sharing their success stories from their time at C of O.
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
10.24.18 – Rebekah Goodwin