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Media Advisory

Date: February 11, 2008

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS -- Hundreds of Students from Maryland’s 16 Community Colleges to Meet with Legislators in Annapolis on Student Advocacy Day this Wednesday, Feb. 13
Students Will Urge Legislators to Back Governor’s Increase of Capital, Operating Funds




9:15 a.m. Kickoff Event
Miller Senate Office Building (Presidential Conference Room), Annapolis

12:30 p.m. – Front steps of the State House
Additional Photo Opportunity/Media Availabilities with Students, College Presidents, Lawmakers

(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 a much-needed expansion of capital funding for community college projects across the state. Students will also ask legislators to protect the increase in operating funding that the colleges would receive next year, under the guidelines of the recently revamped Cade funding formula that determines the annual allotment for each institution.

Students from each of the state’s community colleges will gather for the kickoff of the “Student Advocacy Day” event at 9:15 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.

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 attend community colleges each year, through a combination of credit and non-credit, continuing education programs.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Steve Simon, Montgomery College, 240-567-7952
Hope H. Davis, Community College of Baltimore County, 410-869-7153
Randy Bengfort, Howard Community College, 410-772-4811

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