Student Trustee Spotlight: Whitney Weeks

 

 

Photo provided by: L&C Flickr

Photo provided by: L&C Flickr

Helen Jarden
Editor-in-Chief

Whitney Weeks was re-elected for her second term as Lewis and Clark Community College’s Student Trustee on April 3.

Along with being Student Trustee, Weeks is also a member of the Student Government Association, Vice President of L&C’s Nursing Club, and is currently working towards her Associates in Nursing.

“I chose nursing because of past personal experiences as a child.” Weeks stated, “The care I received at Children’s Hospital and Alton Multispecialists was outstanding. I wanted to help others and make a not so great time in their lives, a little bit better by providing them with care, sympathy, and compassion.”

Outside of L&C, she’s on the Illinois Community College Board Student Advisory Committee where she has spent much of her time working to improve Illinois community colleges as well as advocating for Senate Bill 888, which would grant community colleges the ability to provide a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. From this organization she was awarded Most Passionate Advocate for Bachelors of Science and Nursing.

“It is important that Illinois passes Senate Bill 888. It will allow community colleges the option to provide a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Demand for higher skills and magnet status for hospitals require a BSN. By offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lewis and Clark Community College, we can provide the pipeline that hospitals desperately need for them to employ qualified nurses,” Weeks stated.

Senate Bill 888 isn’t her only focus as Student Trustee, she must also be the voice and representative for all students.  

“Every issue that affects my students are of equal value. No one issue rises above the rest. I believe that in being a leader and representing people, all issues are serious and important matters. I will do everything in my power to ensure that my people are taken care of, no matter the issue,” Weeks said.

For more information on Whitney Weeks or to contact her about an issue contact her at wweeks@lc.edu.

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