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State representatives Brinks and Dillon visit GRCC for Progressive Student Alliance event

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Dillon (fourth from left) and Brinks (fifth from left) with the student attendees at Monday’s luncheon.

By Teagan Burns & Jacquelyn Zeman 

Today state representatives Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, and Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, spent part of their day visiting with Grand Rapids Community College students. Dillon serves as representative in the 75th district, and Brinks in the 76th which are both part of the Grand Rapids area.

The representatives had lunch with 12 students as a part of the event put on by the Progressive Student Alliance. This is Brinks first term, and Dillon’s second in their current positions.

Topics of discussion ranged from the levels of education, to the court system, to standardized testing requirements. Obamacare and it’s potential effect on future generations was also a discussed.

Dillon encouraged students to take advantage of GRCC while they are here.

“It is a really great school that has a lot of people that have gone here….that have gone on to do some really important things.” Dillon said.

The event was free of charge to the attendees. The point of the event was to encourage students to get involved in their communities.

Ross Pike, the event’s student organizer, said PSA organizers were happy with the result of the event.

“The students were engaged,” Pike said. “There were lots of questions on education, some questions I didn’t even anticipate. I was very impressed with how engaged the students were…I definitely see this happening again.”