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College Advocates Adequate, Equitable State Funding During Legislative Visit to Jefferson City | Print |

April 15, 2014

Missouri's community colleges currently educate 40 percent of the state's undergraduates, while receiving 15 percent of state funds appropriated to public colleges and universities. In Jefferson County, more students choose to attend Jefferson College than any other two-year or four-year private or public institution in the region.

With these facts in hand, a delegation of Jefferson College administrators, Board of Trustees members, and faculty/staff from the Jefferson College-Mineral Area College Leadership Academy recently went to Jefferson City to talk with area legislators and advocate for adequate, equitable funding.

Despite the Governor's budget recommendations during his January State-of-the-State address that favor four-year universities, community colleges are specifically seeking a $15 million addition to their core operating appropriation. This is comparable to the $15.2 million in increases public four-year universities have received over the last two years.

Other legislative priorities advocated by Jefferson College that impact our community include:

Keeping the A+ promise - High school students who meet the requirements to receive A+ awards should receive what they were promised: full tuition and fees at a community college or area career/technical school;

Maintaining funding for programs that enhance workforce competitiveness and economic development; and

Making a substantial, ongoing investment in facilities.

As an advocate for our community and region, Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey remains in continuous contact with local, state and national legislators regarding the mission of community colleges. He recently travelled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Association of Community College Trustees' Annual Legislative Summit where he spoke with Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt and Representative Blaine Leutkemeyer about federal issues, like Pell Grants and Perkins funding, that have a direct impact on local students.

Faculty/Staff During their Jefferson City VisitAccompanied by their respective college presidents, participants of the faculty/staff Leadership Academy from Jefferson College and Mineral Area College travelled to Jefferson City recently to talk with area legislators and advocate for adequate, equitable funding for all community colleges in Missouri.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 May 2014 )
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