Student Advocacy Day 2009
(Annapolis, MD) - On February 11, over 300 students from Maryland’s 16 community colleges traveled to the state's capital to meet with legislators and urged them to support community colleges in the FY2010 budget.
During the morning's kick-off rally at the Miller Senate Office Building, students heard from Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Speaker of the House Michael Busch, and Senators Ulysses Currie, Thomas Middleton, Catherine Pugh, and James Robey. Speakers also included Dr. Stephen Pannill, President of Cecil College and Chair of the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents, MACC Executive Director Clay Whitlow, and Jeffrey Steele, a student at Wor-Wic Community College.
After the gathering, students visited their respective Delegates and Senators. Armed with statistics and talking points, students advocated for the budget and legislative priorities of the colleges.
In difficult economic times, it is even more important to keep community college tuitions and fees down as more displaced workers and entering college freshmen choose to attend their local community college.
Although community college tuitions are relatively low, students cannot afford tuition increases made necessary by cuts in state funding.
Last year community colleges enrolled over 128,000 students in credit programs and another 377,000 in non‐credit courses. That represents over a half million Marylanders attending our community colleges.