Florida College students were invited to Temple Terrace City Hall to participate in Florida Government Day on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Dr. Ray Madrigal, director of experiential learning, organized this event to allow upper-division students to have the opportunity to see local government at work.

“What Mayor Jurado and I hope students got out of this experience is that they envision themselves as part of the government process and that they stay involved with the principles of good ethics and Christian vision,” Madrigal said.

Students were given the opportunity to shadow Temple Terrace city directors including the city attorney, city manager, police and fire chiefs, and the city clerk and then participated in a mock city council meeting. Student participants presented issues from the departments they were representing and learned how a council meeting is conducted. City manager Charles Stephenson along with newly appointed Mayor Mel Jurado were in attendance to talk to students and to answer any questions about city government. The mayor is delighted about the relationship between Florida College and the city of Temple Terrace.

“Florida College is a jewel in the city of Temple Terrace. We need young men and women of principle and character in our city,” Jurado said. 

The first Florida Government Day was a great success and will continue as an opportunity for Florida College students next year.