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
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
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
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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.