Student Leaders Advocate for Community Colleges

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Article by: Courtney Davis

For Immediate Release


Student Leaders Advocate for Community Colleges


LARGO, Md. (February 1, 2018) - Fifteen Prince George's Community College (PGCC) student leaders will travel to Annapolis on Wednesday, February 7 to advocate for community colleges and the important role they have in higher education. The group will encourage support for full funding for the state's portion of community college operating budgets, the Maryland Promise program, capital improvement program/facility renovations, and technology updates. Each year, hundreds of students from the state's 16 community colleges participate in Student Advocacy Day.

"We are committed to helping our students complete their education, and maintaining proper funding is an important part of reaching that goal," said Dr. Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George's Community College. "We look forward to engaging with our elected officials and working with them to keep higher education affordable and accessible for our students."

The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with a student rally and welcome in the President's Conference Room in the Miller Senate Office Building. After introductions and opening speeches, students will take a group photo before meeting with senators and delegates to share personal stories about how community colleges impact and empower their futures.

According to Maryland Association of Community Colleges, each year nearly 500,000 residents attend one of Maryland's 16 community colleges, in both credit programs and continuing education and workforce development courses.

For more information on PGCC's participation in Student Advocacy Day, call (301) 546-0853 or visit

About Prince George's Community College 
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George's Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George's County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George's County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at Prince George's Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.