The state House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved a spending plan for community colleges in the state this week, and it gets high marks from a group that represents the institutions. The Michigan Community College Association tells us more:
Following the approval of budgets supporting Michigan community colleges by the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, Michigan Community College Association President Brandy Johnson released the following statement:
“Michigan Community Colleges greatly appreciate the investments Michigan lawmakers are making to strengthen the educational opportunities available to our students. We welcome the Senate’s approval of a 10% increase in operational funding, as well as the major investment in student financial aid that will benefit the class of 2022 and beyond. We are especially grateful for the bipartisan leadership of Senators LaSata and Hertel in crafting these budgets.
“We also welcome the House Appropriations Committee’s approval of our budget today, which will allow our colleges to better invest and strengthen their programs. Specifically, funding to expand Michigan Reconnect and to support academic upgrading for recent high school graduates will have a huge impact on the future of many Michiganders.
“The MCCA greatly appreciates the commitment of our legislative partners to ensure that community colleges have the support needed to contribute to Michigan’s talent development strategy. We look forward to working closely with the Governor, Senate, and House as they finalize the higher education budgets for fiscal year 2023.”