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AACC Students to Rally for State Funding

Feb. 8, 2012
Media Advisory

About a dozen AACC students will join hundreds of college students from all 16 Maryland community colleges and Maryland’s independent colleges and universities to meet with legislators to seek increased support for FY 13 operating, capital funds

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

9 a.m. Kickoff Event

Miller Senate Office Building (Presidential Conference Room)

11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Maryland

(Followed by student group visits with state legislators, between 10:30 a.m. and noon)

Anne Arundel Community College students will join hundreds of students from Maryland’s 16 community colleges in heading to the State Capital tomorrow to meet with lawmakers and to urge them to boost operating and capital funding for the state’s two-year colleges, whose budgets have been hit hard at the state and county level, for the past five years. The Governor’s proposed FY 2013 operating budget includes a modest increase this year of $4.7 million in state aid, but it would be more than offset by a proposed shift in pension costs to counties, which would amount to $9.5 million.

Speakers for the annual Community College Student Advocacy Day kickoff event will include student leaders, key Maryland lawmakers and community college presidents. After the morning gathering, students will visit the offices of their respective state delegates and senators, from the various county delegations.

While advocating for budget and legislative priorities of their colleges, students also will seek to raise awareness of the important role played by Maryland’s community colleges in higher education and their benefits to the state.

  • Community colleges are the gateway to higher education for more students than ever. Half of all undergraduate students in Maryland are now enrolled in the state’s community colleges.
  • Increasing the number of students who earn degrees and other credentials is vital to the economic future of the state and nation, and both national and state leaders – beginning with President Obama and Governor O’Malley – have called the completion agenda an economic imperative.
  • Maryland’s community colleges are committed to addressing this challenge. In 2012, the Governor’s "Skills2Complete Maryland" agenda calls for a 20 percent increase in degree and certificate attainment.

MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: To arrange to meet with AACC students, contact Christine M. Storck, director, Student Life, today at 410-777-2219 or? tomorrow at 410-916-3043. For more information, contact Steve Simon, media contact for the Maryland Association of Community College, 240-461-0333.