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Legislative Efforts

HCC students at Student Advocacy Day

With continued budgetary struggles at the local, state and federal levels, community college leaders are more involved than ever in helping spread the word about the strength of community colleges and their need for adequate funding.

As chair of the Maryland Community College Council of Presidents, Guy Altieri helped shape the legislative agenda for the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. In early February, he, along with DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, and Clay Whitlow from the MACC office, testified on behalf of Maryland’s community colleges before the Maryland Senate Education, Business, and Administration Subcommittee of the Budget and Taxation Committee.

In his testimony, Dr. Altieri highlighted the need for state and county funding to allow community colleges to keep tuition increases as low as possible. He stressed the challenges that would result if state pension funds are transferred to local governments. He also discussed the proposed changes to the Cade Funding Formula and the negative impact that would have on community colleges.

Administrators, however, are not the only community college advocates making their presence known in Annapolis. On Feb. 9, eight students from HCC joined hundreds of students representing all 16 Maryland community colleges in an effort to urge lawmakers to help keep community colleges affordable by supporting full funding in the governor’s FY13 budget.

During this annual Student Advocacy Day, the students focused their message on the theme of “Support = Success,” asking lawmakers to support the Cade Funding Formula and community college capital requests in order to enable community colleges to continue to provide high-quality higher education with affordable tuition rates. Students had the chance to share personal stories of how community colleges are helping them achieve their goals. Learn more by reading the MACC blog.

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HCC students traveled to Annapolis for Student Advocacy Day on Feb. 9, 2012.

From left, Student Activities Assistant Jamie Yingling; HCC students John Volt and Allen Calvert; HCC President Guy Altieri; and HCC students Tim Barger, Maria Edmonds, Joseph Knight, Caesar Smith, and Rick Howe.