Hundreds of Students from Maryland’s
16 Community Colleges To Converge
on Annapolis for ‘Student Advocacy Day’
Community College Students From Around the State Will Urge Legislators To Support Funding Restoration Begun in Governor’s FY 05 Budget

 Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004
Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis
(Presidential Conference Room)

(Annapolis, MD) – Hundreds of students from Maryland’s 16 community colleges will head to the State Capital to meet with lawmakers and to urge them to back funding and other legislative initiatives that are vital to the continued success of the two-year institutions, which today serve the largest portion of the state’s college students in undergraduate programs. Students will ask legislators to support the Governor’s fiscal year 2005 operating budget for community colleges, as it begins restoring the funding formula for the colleges that had been severely under-funded in the previous two state budgets.

Students from each of the state’s community colleges will gather for the kickoff of the “Student Advocacy Day” event at 9:30 a.m. in the Presidential Conference Room of the Miller Senate Office Building. Along with student leaders, key Maryland lawmakers and community college presidents will be among the speakers. After the gathering, students will visit their respective Delegates and Senators, from their local delegations.

The students will seek to raise awareness of the important role played by Maryland community colleges in higher education, including the fact that:

  • Some 62 percent of Maryland’s high school graduates who go to college in the state now begin their higher education at community colleges, and more than half of all of the state’s students in undergraduate programs at public institutions are enrolled in community colleges; and
  • Nearly 400,000 students attend Maryland’s community colleges annually, through both credit and non-credit programs.

A recent study commissioned by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges analyzed the economic impact and financial benefits of a community college education.  Among the findings:

  • For each full-time year of community college studies, the average student earns approximately $4,500 more annually;
  • Community college students reap a 24% rate of return from their investment in their education.
  • Maryland’s community colleges pump roughly $5.6 billion into the state’s economy and Maryland taxpayers receive an 11.9% rate of return on the public investment in community colleges.

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Media Contacts: 
Tony Kinkel or Jody Kallis, Maryland Association of Community Colleges, 410-974-8117
Randy Bengfort, Howard Community College, (w) 410-772-4811; (cell) 410-409-0533
Steve Simon, Montgomery College, (w) 240-567-7952; (cell) 240-461-0333

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