Maryland Community College Students to Rally in Annapolis
Release Date: 2/7/2012
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CONTACT: Steve Simon
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Carroll Community College Students Join Students from Maryland’s Community Colleges to Rally in Annapolis for State Funding
Westminster, Md., On Thursday, Feb. 9, students from Carroll Community College (Carroll) will join students from Maryland’s 16 community colleges to meet with lawmakers in Annapolis and urge them to boost operating and capital funding for the state’s two-year colleges. The Governor’s proposed FY2013 operating budget includes a modest increase this year of $4.7 million in state aid, but it would be more than offset by a proposed shift in pension costs to counties, for example.
The kick-off time for the day is 9 a.m. at the Miller Senate Office Building (Presidential Conference Room) at 11 Bladen Street in Annapolis. Carroll Community College students will also visit with the Carroll County delegation (all members will be present to meet with Carroll’s students). Carroll’s participants represent students of all ages and walks of life whose stories illustrate why the community college is a first choice for many Carroll county residents.
While advocating for budget and legislative priorities of their colleges, students also will seek to raise awareness of the important role played by Maryland’s community colleges in higher education and their benefits to the state.
- Community colleges are the gateway to higher education for more students than ever. Half of all undergraduate students in Maryland are now enrolled in the state’s community colleges.
- Increasing the number of students who earn degrees and other credentials is vital to the economic future of the state and nation, and both national and state leaders—beginning with President Obama and Governor O’Malley—have called the completion agenda an economic imperative.
Note to the media: At 12:30 p.m., students will gather on the front steps of the State House for a group photo.