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Community College Students to Rally in Annapolis for State Funding

Release Date: 1/31/2013

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Maryland Association of Community Colleges:
410-212-5197 /Day of event: 410-974-8117

Carroll Community College,
Sylvia Blair: 410-386-8411

Students from Maryland’s 16 Community Colleges to Rally in Annapolis for State Funding

Students to Join Presidents for Student Advocacy Day and to meet with Legislators to garner support for the Governor’s Budget that Increases State Aid to Community Colleges
Wednesday, FEBRUARY 6, 2013
9 a.m. Kickoff Event
Miller Senate Office Building (Presidential Conference Room)
11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Maryland
(Followed by student group visits with state legislators, between 10:30 a.m. and noon)

Hundreds of students from Maryland’s 16 community colleges will head to the State Capitol to meet with lawmakers and to urge them to support the Governor’s Budget that increases operating and maintains capital funding for the state’s two-year colleges, whose budgets have been hit hard since the downturn of the economy. The Governor’s proposed FY 2014 operating budget includes an increase of 7% in direct aid to the community colleges, which would greatly assist in keeping colleges affordable.

Speakers for the annual Community College Student Advocacy Day kickoff event will include student leaders, key Maryland lawmakers, and community college presidents. After the morning gathering, students will visit the offices of their respective state delegates and senators, from the various county delegations.

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. Half of all Maryland undergraduate students 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.
  • Maryland’s community colleges are committed to addressing this challenge, and have increased associate degree credentials by 33% and workforce credentials by 38% over the past 3 years.

 

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