President Pat Gentile, North Shore Community College

Column: Innovative funding needed for Massachusetts community colleges

In MA we simply can’t produce better results for our students without significant investment. It didn’t happen without investment in New York or Ohio and it won’t happen in Massachusetts without a significant increase in funding to help underwrite intensive student service wraparound supports. These models demonstrate that we know how to turn funding into increased outcomes…we just need increased funding to do that.

Over 200 MA Community College Students Gather at State House to Urge Increased Investment in Community College System

More than 200 Massachusetts community college students, faculty, staff, and presidents gathered at the State House on Wednesday for Community College Student Advocacy Day to meet with members of the Legislature and urge that they support the state’s community college system in providing a better funded, more accessible, high-quality education for its students.

It’s time to invest in student success (or, $1,561 for the future of the Commonwealth)

At a time when the Massachusetts workforce is facing a desperate shortage of 65,000 college-educated workers just a few years from now, the Commonwealth’s community colleges could immediately begin addressing that problem with thousands of new graduates each year—including more low income residents and students of color from our Gateway Cities—improving the overall economy and the standard of living for a huge portion of the population, while adding to tax rolls and reducing the need for unemployment benefits, subsidized health insurance, and criminal incarceration.

Community College Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony

The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) hosted a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House to honor some of the highest academic achievers of the community college system during the 2018-2019 academic year. Surrounded by family, college presidents, elected officials, and mentors, the student awardees were presented with medallions and certificates for being named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team.