Ivy Tech students take alternative spring break in Washington DC

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — While most college students use their spring break to relax on the beach, a group of Ivy Tech-Lafayette students spent their break touring Washington D.C and meeting our government officials.

This Alternative Spring Break Trip gave student leaders and those interested in a career in public service the opportunity to learn first hand about the role of government in society, meet elected representatives and tour sites of the US Capitol. Eight students, including several student ambassadors, took advantage of this opportunity.

This was the first year the Alternative Spring Break trip was offered at Ivy Tech-Lafayette.

“We received great feedback from students about the trip. This was the first year we offered an alternative spring break program; due to its success we plan to continue in coming years. The trip was not only educational, but enjoyable and truly surpassed our expectations,” said Erica Maslanka, Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruiter for Special Projects.

Over their two day stay, students met with several prominent officials and public figures, including Representative Todd Rokita, Senator Dan Coats, Senator Richard Lugar, and Brian Lamb from C-SPAN. Many of these visits offered students the chance to ask questions and gain insight into the many roles each official plays.

A unique opportunity presented itself during their meeting with Representative Rokita, when the students were able to view a presentation outlining the nation’s future budgeting issues that he had created for a budget meeting that same day.

Another notable visit was with Brian Lamb of C-SPAN. According to Andrew Antonio, Executive Director of Diversity and Engagement for Ivy Tech-Lafayette, the opportunity to tour the C-SPAN set and learn about living and working in such a political atmosphere was a truly enlightening experience.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.

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