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Date: February 14, 2006
Media Contact: Steve Simon, Montgomery College, 301-251-7952

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Hundreds of Students from Maryland’s 16 Community Colleges To Converge on Annapolis February 15 for 2006 ‘Student Advocacy Day’
Students Will Urge Legislators to Boost Colleges’ Operating and Capital Funding

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
9:30 a.m. Kickoff Event
12:30 p.m. Governor Ehrlich addresses students
Miller Senate Office Building (Presidential Conference Room), Annapolis

(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 support funding and other legislative initiatives vital to the continued success of the two-year public institutions. Community colleges now enroll approximately half of all the state’s college students in undergraduate programs.

Students will ask legislators to protect state funding for community colleges and to support the Governor’s proposed increase in student financial aid funds for need-based scholarship programs. They will also urge legislators to support a newly introduced bill that would increase funding for community colleges over the next several years, by revamping the formula that determines the amount of state support that the institutions receive.

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.

At 12:30 p.m., Governor Ehrlich will address students in the Presidential Conference Room.

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

  • About 62 percent of Maryland’s high school graduates who go to college in the state attend 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 500,000 Marylanders, including about 120,000 students in credit programs and 360,000 in continuing education and workforce development courses, annually attend community colleges.

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