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ACCT Legislative Summit Update

on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 19:55

Massachusetts Community College Trustees visit Washington

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More than 30 community college Trustees from Massachusetts joined their colleagues from across the country in Washington, D.C. this February for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) National Legislative Summit. Trustees from the Commonwealth participated in meetings and workshops relating to advocacy for Pell Grants, workforce development initiatives, TRIO programs, and other federally supported programs for higher education. Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-FL) from MSNBC’s Morning Joe spoke with his co-host Mika Brzezinski about the role of community colleges in economic and workforce development. Furthermore, the Summit also brought several congressional members in to talk about the importance of the community colleges in the national economy.  Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) came to talk about the significant part that community colleges have in promoting social mobility and providing accessible and quality higher education.  Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) also stopped by a Community College Caucus reception to affirm the community colleges’ role in driving individuals into the workforce.

The Massachusetts Community College Executive Office (MCCEO) complemented the Summit’s programs with an informal reception for Massachusetts Trustees to host members of their Congressional delegation, including Congressman Michael Capuano, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, Congressman Ed Markey, Congressman Jim McGovern, Congressman Richard Neal, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, and Senator William “Mo” Cowan. The next morning the MCCEO also put together a meeting between Trustees and Senator Elizabeth Warren. These gatherings gave trustees an opportunity to have a dialogue with their elected officials on the importance of the community college system to the Commonwealth, as well as discussing how federal support is essential to the advancement and excellence of the community colleges in Massachusetts.