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MEDIA ADVISORY

Montgomery College Students to Urge Support for
Community Colleges in Annapolis on Wednesday, Feb. 12

(Annapolis, MD) – Montgomery College students will be among hundreds of community college students from around the state who will gather in Annapolis on Wednesday, Feb. 12, to urge support for community college funding and legislative initiatives in the 2003 General Assembly. 

The students will gather at 9:30 a.m. in the Presidential Conference Room of the Miller Senate Office Building. Community college presidents and elected officials will be among the speakers. After the gathering, students will visit Delegates and Senators from Montgomery County, while their counterparts from around the state will visit their respective delegations.

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

  • Of the 212,436 undergraduates attending a Maryland public college or university in fall 2002, more than half – 114,702 – were enrolled at a community college.
  • More Maryland freshmen are choosing community colleges over other colleges.  In fall 2002, 33,433 first-time, full-time freshmen were enrolled in Maryland. Of that number, 13,711 chose community colleges, 13,298 chose public four-year colleges, and 6,424 chose independent colleges.
  • Community colleges are the primary providers of workforce training, enrolling one in 14 Maryland workers.
  • Montgomery College, with three primary campuses at Rockville, Germantown and Takoma Park, is the state’s largest community college, in terms of credit enrollment, and its credit hour enrollment is now at an all-time high.

The students will urge legislators to support action for community colleges in the 2003 General Assembly, including:

  • Restore the Cade and Baltimore City Community College funding formula that last year was cut from 25 percent to 23.1 percent and 66 percent to 60.9 percent, respectively. This reduction in the formula is exacerbated by a 4 percent rescission of community college funds in FY2003.

  • Rectify an inequity in financial aid distribution. Community colleges make up 45 percent of eligible students for the Educational Assistance Grant (EAG), but receive less than 8 percent of the funds.
  • Fund a $45 million capital budget request to accommodate the estimated growth, within the next 10 years, of 20,000 more community college students – a total equivalent to that which would be served if the State were to build four additional average-sized community colleges.

More information on the community college’s legislative agenda is at http://www.cat.cc.md.us/macc/

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