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Student Leaders Meet with Elected Officials to Advocate for Funding Priorities

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

LARGO, Md.— FifteenPrince George's Community College student leaders will travel to Annapolis on Wednesday, February 9 to advocate for the important role community colleges playin higher education and their benefits to the state. The group will encourage support for facility renovations, full funding of operational budgets and safety upgrades. Each year, 250 Maryland students from the state’s 16 community colleges participate in Student Advocacy Day.  

“Students enrolled in Maryland's community colleges need everything we can give them to compete in a world that becomes difficult to keep pace with every day,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “Prince George’s Community College joins our colleagues around the state in expressing the need for continued support from all of our elected officials to help us ensure that higher education remains accessible and affordable in this age of accountability,” 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. Specific Prince George's Community College 2012 legislative priorities include: 

·Full funding of the Prince George’s Community College operating budget included in the Fiscal Year 2013 State Budget; 

·Funding $1.3 million for the design phase of Lanham Hall renovation; 

·Funding $1.9 million for the college’s Life Safety project which includes campus wide fire alarm safety upgrades; 

·Funding for Laurel College Center, one of the state’s eight Regional Higher Education Centers and a partnership of Prince George’s Community College and Howard Community College, to facilitate baccalaureate degree access across the state; 

·Funding legislative initiatives that would increase state support for student financial aid and access to higher education for all students, especially workforce readiness and vocational training; 

·Increasing the part-time grant program to reflect the increasing part-time enrollments; and  

·Increasing need-based aid, simplifying the state financial aid process and extending the application deadline in order to allocate a greater portion of aid to students choosing to enter community colleges.  

According to MACC, half of all undergraduate students in Maryland are now enrolled in the state’s community colleges.  

For more information on Prince George's Community College’s participation in Student Advocacy Day, call 301-322-0853. 

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.  

 

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