Carroll Community College Students Participate in Student Advocacy Day 2018

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Public & Corporate Relations Officer Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
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Westminster, Md., Feb. 6, 2018— A mother and daughter who are currently enrolled as students at Carroll Community College (Carroll) will represent students from Maryland’s 16 community colleges as the keynote speakers at Student Advocacy Day.

The event, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 in Annapolis, is an opportunity for hundreds of community college students from around the state to meet with legislators and bring important issues in higher education to their attention.

The Maryland Community College Activities Directors Association selected Carroll students Marta Cruz and her daughter Emily Rosado-Cruz as this year’s student speakers. They plan to share the challenges their family faced while trying to achieve their dreams of obtaining degrees. Representatives from Carroll include a total of eight students (including Marta and Emily) and College staff. College President Dr. James D. Ball and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Rose Mince will also attend.

Carroll Community College President, Dr. James D. Ball stated, “We are honored that Marta and Emily were chosen to speak during Advocacy Day in Annapolis. I know they will not only represent Carroll Community College well, but they will convey the concerns and needs of community college students across the State.”

The agenda for Student Advocacy Day kicks off at 9 a.m. with remarks to the students from key senators and delegates. Carroll students will address attendees prior to 10:30 a.m. and will participate in student team meetings with their respective legislators from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Student Advocacy Day will be held at the Miller Senate Office Building located at 11 Bladen Street in Annapolis. The gathering will take place in the President’s Conference Room East.

In addition, community college students, parents and college presidents will testify in support of SB 261 and SB 317 at hearings scheduled for 1 p.m. before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. These bills are known as the College Promise bills. Students will be talking about their personal perspectives on how free or reduced tuition (provided by a Maryland College Promise program) would help them and their families in achieving, or more readily achieving, their goals for a more educated and skilled future.

The event is organized by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), which advocates for the state’s 16 community colleges and the educational needs of the students they serve. 


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Carroll Community College offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 130,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157.