Itasca Community College’s Applied Psychology/Human Services faculty members, Jenny Wettersten and Jackie MacPherson, and their lead canine, Cache, took part in the Minnesota State Day at the Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul. They were selected as one of only eight programs to represent all 37 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The event brought together legislators, trustees, presidents, students, faculty, and staff to highlight the importance of Minnesota State’s FY2020-2021 legislative budget request.
Cache and the faculty connected with over 60 legislators and discussed ICC’s Applied Psychology/Human Services program, innovative approaches to teaching and learning they currently use, and upcoming research related to canines in the classroom.
From Provost Dr. Bart Johnson, “This event was a great opportunity to highlight the quality and innovativeness of degree programs at Itasca and in the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED). It also allowed Jenny and Jackie to share with legislators the pressing need for increased legislative support to fund higher education in the Minnesota State system. Re-investment is necessary for the NHED colleges to sustainably meet the educational needs of our region.”