Student Advocacy Day 2011
Community College Students Urge Legislators to Support Increasing Needs
On Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, over 230 students representing all 16 Maryland community colleges spoke with one voice in Annapolis to urge lawmakers to support the full funding of community colleges in the Governor’s FY2012 budget.
During the morning's kick-off rally in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building near the State Capitol, students heard from Senate President V. Thomas "Mike" Miller, Senator Richard Madaleno, and Delegate John Bohanan. Speakers also included Dr. Carol Eaton, President of Frederick Community College and Chair of the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents, Dr. Brad Gottfried, President of the College of Southern Maryland, Dr. Rich Midcap, Vice President of Student Success and Enrollment at Chesapeake College, MACC Executive Director Clay Whitlow, and Angela Majors, a student at the College of Southern Maryland.
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.
The student advocacy day call to action centered on the theme of “Support=Success” because community colleges can only help more citizens be successful if there is greater state support. Students emphasized support of the funding formula for the amount of state aid granted to each college, an increase in the state’s share of the cost of community college education, and support of capital requests at community colleges throughout the state.