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CCCC Trustees with President Cox, Meet With Massachusetts’ Congressional Representatives

Advocate Support for the State’s Over 184,000 Community College Students

This past week, President John Cox led a delegation of CCCC Trustees to Washington for a series of personal meetings with the state’s Congressional Representatives, and to work with similar groups from community colleges across the nation advocating a wide variety of support for the country’s community college students. This year, with a new Congress and new Administration, Massachusetts community college presidents and trustees participated in the National Legislative Summit for all community colleges.

CCCC delegation in Washington, DCCCCC Trustees Judy Barrigas of Forestdale, and Will Shain of Plymouth, joined Student Trustee Scott Maciel of Falmouth, Board Vice Chair Dave Bushy of North Eastham, and President Cox in meeting with Congressman William Keating, Congressman Joe Kennedy, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey and other members of Congress. The discussions ranged from Financial Aid issues to federal grants for innovative program development, and workforce training.

President Cox emphasized the importance of the visit by pointing out, “That with $160 million in Pell Grants serving our Massachusetts students, and an average of $56 million in other Federal grants helping to support our colleges, there is a continuing need to have our voices heard on Capitol Hill. During our meetings with the State’s Congressional Delegation, we touched on the need for: year-round Pell Grant funding, continued investment in workforce training, re-authorization of the Higher Education Act and Perkins Act, support for the STEM Gateways Act, and continued support for multi-year grant awards, such as Title III and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.”

Newly confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos presented her first public speech at the Legislative Summit, providing strong recognition of the role and success of our nation's community colleges, and expressed a hopeful note on support for community colleges, and the success of our students.

Massachusetts community colleges serve over 184,000 students enrolled in credit and non-credit programs.

Photo above – the College’s representatives with Congressman William Keating (left to right):Trustee Judy Barrigas, President Cox, Congressman William Keating, Student Trustee Scott Maciel, Trustee Will Shain, and Trustee Vice Chair, Dave Bushy.