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Approximately 150 students, trustees, employees, and other supporters of Missouri’s community colleges rallied at the Missouri State Capitol on February 22.

 

“Rally Day” provided an opportunity to meet with legislators and state officials and to urge support ofMissouri’s community colleges.

 

Seven East Central College students, accompanied by several ECC trustees and staff members, met with Senator Brian Nieves as well as Representatives Dave Hinson, Bart Korman and Dave Schatz.

 

Legislative priorities for community colleges this year include maintaining funding for operations, continuing to fund the A+ scholarship program, identifying sources of funding for capital projects, enhancing workforce competitiveness through training programs, and maintaining a strong nursing workforce.

 

Over the past 10 years, enrollment in Missouri’s community colleges has increased by more than 50 per cent, growing twice as fast as public university enrollment between 2001 and 2010, according to the Missouri Community College Association.

 

Missouri has 12 community college districts serving more than 152,000 students taking classes for college credit and 126,000 non-credit students. Nationally, community colleges enroll nearly half of all undergraduates.

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