Petition to New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich city hall, Rhode Island State House
Keep the Animal Business Management Program Alive at NEIT College!
I am just finishing an Animal Business Management program at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI. I've been attending here for about two years now to achieve my associates degree as a future Business manager in the animal field. I am finally in my last quarter and was told that the program is shutting down and will not be offered to college students who would like to attend this program in the future. I find this extremely disappointing, because the value of the program can really benefit those who would like to consider this as a career someday. It offers a vast array of knowledge including the medical and business side of it. The professors who teach the program are real life veterinarians, certified vet technicians, marketers and business directors with years of experience in the field teaching their students a hands-on approach to develop into future leaders. It's important to have this program stay alive in the college because, unlike any other school the students are exposed to multiple facets of what they will actually expect in the field someday. This can include the student running a veterinary practice, owning their own business, working for a pharmaceutical company, getting more exposed to animal laws and changing them, and really so much more. The avenues of having careers in animal business management are endless! In today's world it's important to have a trained animal business manager, not just someone who graduated from a business management program alone without any prior animal knowledge in the field. Now college is expensive enough, why on earth would anyone want to take on two separate technical courses right? I say this because without this program, future students would need to take two separate programs in order to gain the knowledge that i was able to achieve within my two years with an associates degree. The animal business management program was a perfect cross of the two fields mixed. I took this program on because, i was not at all interested in being a certified vet technician. Instead, this program is perfect for every student who wants to run an animal business, work in a veterinary practice, or really anywhere in the field knowing they have learned what it takes to go out and make a real difference in the world. Please sign my petition today in helping me fight to keep this program alive at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI. I have learned so much and want others to experience how wonderful this program truly is! Thank you for your support today! Sincerely, Erika D. Ps...this program has not been advertised on the radio, newspaper, school newsletter, or television. This needed to change earlier on, which is why no one has heard much about the program to apply. NEIT is getting rid of the program, not giving it a fair chance! (All rights to the photo are my own)
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Vermont State Senate, Vermont State House
Universities: Differentiate Between Bad Grades and Sexual Assault
When a student is convicted of sexual assault and then dismissed from their college or university, there is little to no indication on this person’s transcript as to why they were dismissed. At some colleges and universities, a small asterisk is placed at the bottom of his/her transcript indicating they have been dismissed. This symbol is used to indicate a dismissal for poor grades as well as the commitment and conviction of sexual assault. It then falls upon the college or university viewing this person’s transcript to not only notice the small asterisk, but then to contact this person’s former institution and inquire about his/her dismissal. This is a rare occurrence. When a student is convicted of sexual assault, many college and universities are mainly concerned about getting this person off their campus, which is understandable and something that needs to happen. However, what happens when s/he transfers schools and arrives on a new campus? This person’s new school most likely is not fully aware of the reasoning behind their dismissal, and without proper knowledge of his/her past. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), 51% of all alleged rapists have at least one previous conviction, 19% have 2-4 previous convictions, 12% have 5-9 previous convictions, and 8% have 10 or more previous convictions. RAINN also states that 69% of the people that have been sexually assaulted are aged 12-34. Female college students aged 18-24 are 3 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than females in general. We are proposing a bill that would require colleges and universities to explicitly indicate that this person was dismissed for sexual assault and is therefore a danger to students, faculty, and staff not just at the college or university s/he is dismissed from but to any institution to which s/he applies. This bill would transform the admissions process allowing colleges and universities to manage risk before it even steps foot on their campus and would serve as a preventative measure to combat sexual assault on college campuses. In addition to bettering reactionary services available to someone after s/he has been sexually assaulted, there needs to be systems in place to stop it from ever occurring. Should a college or university choose to ignore this new indication to the applicant’s past, the school would then be held accountable in the event this person commits sexual assault on their campus, eliminating the possibility the college or university could claim ignorance. New York and Virginia have passed similar laws requiring their colleges and universities to indicate whether students were dismissed due to sexual assault. They had hoped to create a domino effect, with other states following their lead in the hopes that a federal law would be introduced. Unfortunately, this did not happen. By signing this petition, you are expressing support in favor of a bill that would require colleges and universities to explicitly mark on a student's transcript whether or not they have been dismissed from that institution on the grounds of sexual assault. It is time our country stops protecting the perpetrators of sexual assault and starts protecting those who have been sexually assaulted and implements measures to keep the number that have been assaulted as low as possible. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explaintheasterisk/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/explainasterisk or use hashtag #ExplainTheAsterisk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/explaintheasterisk
Petition to Don Orseno, Bruce Rauner, Norman Carleson
METRA DISCOUNT FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
For all of the commuter students who have been taking the Metra to get downtown from the Rock Island District, Electric Line, Southwest Corridor, etc. who are tired of increased ticket prices each year. I understand fully that public transportation in Chicago needs appropriate funding in order to continue to provide round the clock transportation via bus, train, or subway train. But it is inappropriate to continue to charge these commuting students, and in some cases the family of these students, higher and higher fare cost simply because Metra has a monopoly on train transportation. This petition is for a reduced fare cost (-$3.00) off of Chicago Metra Train tickets for qualifying students who are taking classes full time at a University within the Chicago metropolitan area. So if a ticket is $6.75, you should be able to show your ID, give your UPASS for scanning, or show your student status through the Metra App to the train Attendant for the discount and only pay $3.75. If you are a part-time student, the same rules will apply as for full time students only you will receive a discount of (-$1.50) off of tickets. The students of Chicago, as well as suburbanite students who frequent Chicago for college classes are fed up with this borderline coercive monopoly called the Metra. We need change and now! - Cedric Ngwa
Petition to Brett Guthrie, Congressman, Kentucky
SAVE Your Local Educational Opportunity Center
The Trump Administration is working to eliminate TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) programs that support adults in completing and furthering their education and career goals. In 2016, EOC programs assisted and supported more than 225,000 low-income adult learners who would be the first people in their families to enroll in college to complete and further their education through career and technical education programs, community college and four-year institutions. An increasing number of adult students are furthering their education as a way of moving out of low-wage and dead-end employment. EOC helps low-wage and unemployed Americans move into higher paying jobs and contribute more revenue to the local economy. Higher wages mean more taxes revenue and greater local spending power. If EOC programs disappear, this is what adult learners and their families will lose: ● GED and High School Equivalency Support and Completion ● Academic Advising ● Personal Counseling ● Career and Technical Workshops ● Financial Aid Assistance ● Admissions Assistance ● Financial Literacy ● Connections to Disability Services ● Veterans Support ● Supporting Homeless and Foster Youth ● Scholarship Awareness and Outreach What can you do to help? We need YOU to save local EOC programs across America. Our goal is 10,000 signatures in 30 days. Please help us by signing our national petition TODAY! Go to https://www.change.org Also, contact your local Congressmen and women, and share with them the importance of the EOC! Please SHARE with your friends and family. Partner with us and let’s reach this goal together!
Petition to Florida Gulf Coast University
Dietetics degree program at FGCU!
To put it Simple, I would just love to have a Dietetics Degree program at FGCU. Dietitians are in demand now and it is a wonderful degree to be in. It is a degree not offered in many colleges and universities in America, so bringing it to Florida Gulf Coast University would give the college another reason to attend it. It could bring in more students!
Petition to President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Education, Donald Trump
Forgive Student Loan Debt for Veterans
"It's about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It is about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they have earned when they come home. It's about serving all of you as well as you've served the United States of America." ~ Former President of the United States I am a veteran and while thankfully not totally and permanently disabled I joined the United States Marine Corps with the intent of serving my country and earning benefits to pay for college upon completion of my service. After being honorably discharged in 2005, I enrolled in college. I have since finished my degree and am working full-time, but still have a large amount of student loan debt. I worked while going to school, but due to tuition costs and cost of living, I had to take out student loans. I know I am not alone in my situation. Many veterans have served their country and are now struggling with student loan debt. An article in the LA Times cited that 26% of undergraduates receiving veteran’s education benefits also take out federal or private student loans. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-veteran-debt-20151031-story.html Recently, Donald Trump has helped streamline the process for totally and permanently disabled veterans to have their student loans forgiven. I applaud him for that first step, but I believe this should be expanded to all veterans with an honorable discharge. https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2018/04/27/trump-student-loan-forgiveness-veterans/#7f2298512468 This is not only the right thing to do for current veterans, but it would send a signal to those future veterans that the United States cares about it Veterans.
Petition to Thorndale Farm, LLC
Save Bennett College
Halcyon Hall, also known as, Bennett College is a beautiful historic building built in 1890. It was abandoned in 1978 and has been vacant since. The building is part of the NRHP and deserves restoration, not demolition. If demolished, this gorgeous structure will be forgotten, along with its history; replaced with nothing but a park. Bennett deserves to be saved and restored to its former glory. If restored, this place could become a magnificent museum and tourist spot that would attract more people than a park would. History is very important and this generation needs to be aware of this. Please sign this petition to save this significant part of history.
Petition to University of California San Diego
Show UCSD we care about composting and recycling
UCSD does not hesitate to promote its "zero waste" goal, it's time students get to join the cause. Recycling in dining halls is thrown away. Many of you might not know this, but currently, those recycling bins you see in the dining halls are just eye-candy. HDH won’t include our waste with the kitchen’s recycling because we can’t be "trusted" to recycle correctly. Why do you think that is? Time and time again, HDH has mandated that students are to blame for not caring about recycling or composting. Really? Take a look inside any of the bins at the dining halls. The fact that people are trying to do the right thing shows that people are at least aware of their choices. Take a look at this petition! Look how many people want an answer to this problem. What did HDH think the solution was? Composting bins have ceased to exist in convenient locations because our contaminated waste prevented us from participating. Recycling bins no longer mean anything, the waste goes straight to the landfill. This current band-aid the school has applied does not truly fix the problem. If UCSD wants to truly honor their goal of a zero-waste future, something has to change. What can students do about it? By signing this petition, you show UCSD that you care about our environmental impact as a college campus. Be active in your recycling efforts, take your recyclables to the sustainability center in Price Center. You can also advocate for composting to be brought back to campus, alongside new education initiatives. What can HDH do? HDH can start by implementing programs to educate students about the correct way to compost and recycle. While it is great that they participate in “pre-consumer” composting and recycling, the majority of food waste and trash they produce is going to come from students. On top of educating students, HDH could encourage its customers to use “for here” plates more often, eliminating the need to even throw something away. HDH could phase out plastic straws to reduce unnecessary waste. HDH could even search for compostable single-use containers and utensils. This not only helps prevent waste but will also limit the possibilities of compost contamination. How much will all of this cost? To put it simply, there are still changes the school could make for free. If UCSD wants to further its efforts, there can be costs associated with that. Even so, recycling and composting is often times actually profitable. If students were able to participate correctly, we would limit our impact and the school could make money by selling the recycling and compost. UCSD can sell compost or recyclable materials to companies willing to purchase it, offsetting the cost of education and implementation. ___ By signing this petition, you urge UCSD and HDH to work together to not only educate students about sustainability problems, but you show the school how much we care about our impact on the environment as a school. This all just has to begin with a conversation. For too long have students been blamed for UCSD’s poor recycling efforts. It is time to make real progress.