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Student Leaders Advocate for College Funding Priorities

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—Fifteen Prince George's Community College student leaders will travel to Annapolis on Wednesday, February 6 to advocate for the important role community colleges play in higher education and their benefits to Maryland. The group will encourage support for facility renovations, full funding of operational budgets and safety upgrades. Each year, hundreds of students from the state’s 16 community colleges participate in Student Advocacy Day.   

“Each of Maryland’s 16 community colleges is committed to helping our students complete their education. Maintaining proper funding levels is an important part of reaching that goal,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “We will tell our elected officials that keeping higher education affordable and accessible is essential to developing a quality future workforce,” she added.  

The day begins at 9 a.m. in the Presidential Conference Room in the Miller Senate Office Building. Executives from the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) and members of the state legislature will welcome students and answer questions. After the morning session, college representatives will meet directly with their Senate and House representatives.  

According to MACC, each year, nearly 500,000 residents attend one of Maryland’s 16 community colleges, in both credit programs, and continuing education and workforce development courses. Half of all undergraduate students are now enrolled in the state’s community colleges and the institutions have increased associate degree credentials by 33% and workforce credentials by 38% since 2010.   

For more information on Prince George's Community College’s participation in Student Advocacy Day, call 301-322-0853 or visit http://www.mdacc.org/StudentAdvocacy/index.php. 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.  

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