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Holyoke Community College will welcome state Sen. Jo Comerford, Holyoke mayor Alex Morse, state Rep. Aaron Vega, along with HCC president Christina Royal, for an open discussion March 18 about public education funding.

“Funding the Future of Public Education in Holyoke” will be held Monday, March 18, from 2-3 p.m. in HCC Library lobby on the second floor of the Donahue Building on the main HCC campus, 303 Homestead Ave.

This event, sponsored by the HCC Chapter of the Massachusetts Community College Council and the HCC Library, is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

“In 2014, the Higher Education Finance Commission found that public colleges and universities in Massachusetts are underfunded by $574 million a year,” said Stephanie Marcotte, an HCC faculty member who also serves as HCC’s MCCC chapter president. “For Holyoke Community College, that amounts to more than $9 million a year in lost revenue. While state funding has decreased, student debt has exploded. Our students, our institutions and our community deserve more.”

For more information, please see the following related legislative initiatives and reports:  

SD.741, the Cherish Act, aims to improve funding to public higher education institutions across Mass. 
S.238, the Promise Act, aims to improve funding for public K-12 schools across Mass.

The Fund Our Future Campaign
MassBudget Report about Student Debt and Higher Education Funding

Posted on March 12, 2019 by