Our issues are important to policy makers at both the state and federal level if, and only if, we paint that picture. To do this, we must understand the issues and be willing to convey the message and the impact to our representatives. Every workforce development professional should be engaged in articulating the importance of policy and funding that impacts workforce education and training. The NCWE Government Relations Committee makes every effort to keep our members aware of important policy issues and to provide them with the tools necessary to advocate for workforce education policy.
If you are not authorized to contact policy makers on behalf of your college, remember, that as a citizen, you can contact any policy maker on your own time using your own technology. You may still mention your college or your background but make it clear that you are a voting citizen in their legislative district. In addition to acting on your own behalf as a citizen, make it a point to meet with those on your campus who are in contact with policy makers and make them aware of policy and legislation that affects workforce education and training.