Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MC students participate in Community College Day at state capitol

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• Community colleges are the largest sector of Texas higher education

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Tuesday, February 7, Midland College (MC) was well represented at the Texas Legislature in Austin as 17 students participated in Community College Day.

MC students were among the approximately 2,000 representatives from the state’s 50 community colleges who were greeted by state legislators. Students were welcomed inside the Capitol, where they had the opportunity to visit the House and Senate galleries and meet with lawmakers about the impact community colleges have made on their lives.

“Each of our students has a story tell and it is important for our legislators to see that first-hand,” said MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “Community colleges have no better advocates than our students.”

MC students spoke to state legislators, including Representative Tom Craddick (at left in the photo below) and Senator Kel Seliger (at right), about the need for community college funding to meet the state’s growing demand for a community college education.

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Community colleges are the largest sector of Texas higher education with more than 700,000 students enrolled in Texas public community colleges in Fall 2016. This includes approximately 125,000 Texas high school students who are enrolled in dual credit courses at community colleges. Seventy percent of first-time college students in Texas begin their college education at a community college.

According to the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), Texas taxpayers see a 6.9 percent rate of return on their investment in community colleges, and 95 percent of community college students remain in the state, keeping taxpayers’ investment in Texas.

MC students attending the 2017 Texas Legislature Community College day were Anna Alarcon, Matt Abplanap, Jessica Cardenas, Avery Carrasco, Andrea Despain, Jaycee Fisher, Sergio Gonzalez, Cinthya Herrera, Kayleigh Loftin, Isabel Luna, Alehandra Madrid, Mallory Matthew, Rebecca McAdoo, Amy Pertile, Jolene Senters, Rebecca Turner and James Wooten. They were accompanied by Dr. Thomas, as well as MC Government Professor Dr. Terry Gilmour and MC Student Activities Coordinator Taneekwa Ross-Hurdle.

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