Contacts: Steve Simon, Director of
Communications, Montgomery College,
Tony Kinkel, Executive Director, Maryland Association of Community
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
- 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
- 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
More information on the community college’s
legislative agenda is at
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