Maryland Association of Communtiy Colleges - 16 community colleges, one voice

Student Advocacy Day 2009

Photo of Chesapeake College Delegation in front of State House(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. Photo of Lt. Gov. Brown with Montgomery College delegation

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.

Points that the students addressed included the following:

  • 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.

Photo of Hagerstown CC students with Del. John DonoghuePhoto of Howard Community College students with Sen. Edward KasemeyerUse this link to see more Howard Community College Student Advocacy Day 2009 photos. opens in a new window

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