Student Advocacy Day 2013
Community College Students Rally in Annapolis for State Funding
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, over 300 students representing all 16 Maryland community colleges spoke with one voice in Annapolis to urge lawmakers to support the 7% increase in funding of community colleges in the Governor’s FY2014 budget. Watch highlights of the day (video courtesy of CCBC):
During the morning's kick-off rally, students heard from Senate President V. Thomas "Mike" Miller, Senators Verna Jones-Rodwell, Delores Kelley, Thomas "Mac" Middleton and Richard Madaleno, and Delegates Heather Mizeur and Anthony O'Donnell. Speakers also included Dr. Guy Altieri, President of Hagerstown Community College and Chair of the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents, Dr. Rich Midcap, Vice President of Student Success and Enrollment at Chesapeake College, and MACC Executive Director Dr. Bernie Sadusky. Pebbles Armwood, a student at the Community College of Baltimore County, was the featured student speaker. Watch her speech below. (video courtesy of CCBC).
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 students' message 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.
Please take an opportunity to meet some of the fantastic student leaders that represneted our colleges by visiting the Maryland Community College Student Advocacy website.