By Shani Quibell – Cougar News Contributor
In late April, COC Associated Student Government elections were held and one of the most important positions, student trustee, went once again to Nick Onyshko.
While many people may not be familiar with this position, it may be the most important position on ASG as it comes with so many responsibilities.
Student trustee is the representative for all COC students, not only on the board of trustees, where he makes the student’s wants and needs heard, but also on the state and nationwide level where he advocates for community college rights.
Additionally, the student trustee sits in with college planning committees and holds a voter registration event at least once a semester.
Onyshko was appointed as the COC ASG public affairs officer from 2009-2010, then held the student trustee position for the 2010-2011 school year and was reelected to hold the position for the 2011-2012 term.
Onyshko said that holding this position, “allows me to truly make a difference in the lives of my fellow students and I would like to make their community college experience the best it can be.”
One of his main goals is to create more opportunities for COC students to get the classes they need in order to move forward with their educational or career goals.
During his previous term in office, Onyshko proposed that ASG allocate funds to prevent classes from being canceled and ASG ended up setting aside $4000 to save classes that would otherwise be canceled for the fall 2011 semester.
Onyshko said he is working hard to create a relationship with local legislators and keep the pressure on them to make helpful decisions to the issues pertaining to community colleges.
He has been involved in school government since he was in elementary school and was his high school’s student body president in his final year at Frazier Mountain High School.
Onyshko’s major is Political Science with an emphasis in international relations and he intends to transfer to either the University of California Santa Barbara or the American University in Washington D.C. to continue his education after the 2011-2012 school year.