HARRISBURG PA – Montgomery County Community College President Dr. Karen Stout was among those who testified last week (Feb. 20, 2014) before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee, in asking for more community college funding for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
She joined state Commission for Community Colleges President and CEO Elizabeth A. Bolden, and Butler County Community College President Dr. Nick Neupauer, who also serves as commission chairman.
The three described the critical need for increased operating and capital funding for the commonwealth’s 14 community colleges. Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget excludes any increase in the community college operating appropriation. If approved, it would represent the fourth consecutive year of flat funding in operating funds, following a 10-percent funding cut five years ago, they claimed.
Three MCCC students – Octavia Beyah, Tyler Tucker and Elizabeth Waddell – accompanied Stout to Harrisburg.
In addition to restoring operating funds, Bolden asked the committee for capital funding to be increased in order to address the $726 million in documented infrastructure improvements for community colleges during the next five years.