More Maryland Community College Students Make the Grade

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Article by: Jennifer L. Colter

Governor Martin O’Malley Receives Award at 5th Annual Summit on College Completion

Catonsville, MD, December 5, 2014 - Hundreds of community college faculty, state lawmakers, and higher education policymakers met at the Maryland Association of Community Colleges’ (MACC) 5th annual Summit on Completion to share strategies for improving college completion rates. Governor Martin O’Malley attended the Summit, held today at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, and collected an award highlighting his Administration’s work to increase access to affordable college.

“Completing college is essential in this knowledge-based economy. That’s why we’ve made the better choice to make college more affordable for more Maryland residents,” said O’Malley upon accepting his award. “Together with record investments, we’re improving the rate of college completion and helping Marylanders attain the critical skills they need to get high-demand, family-sustaining jobs.”

Legislation passed in 2013, and spearheaded by MACC, put Maryland at the forefront of national efforts to improve college completion rates. A four-year upward trend in completions at Maryland’s community colleges, up 38% for Associate’s degrees awarded, and up 47% for career certificates granted, indicate strategies to improve completion are working.

Many community college students have limited financial resources and attend college while juggling jobs and family responsibilities. Often seen as a gateway to the middle class, community colleges have struggled with keeping students enrolled long enough to complete their programs of study.

“The resource limitations many of our students face are very real,” said Dr. Bernie Sadusky, Executive Director of Maryland Association of Community Colleges. “We’re here to develop pathways that help students steer around some pretty challenging obstacles.”

About Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC)

 At 16 Maryland community colleges, 23 campuses and more than 1000 learning sites across the state, over 500,000 community college students annually pursue academic degrees, 130+ certifications in career and technical training, and diverse courses that refresh and develop career and life skills. Community college programs are designed for both full and part-time students, and offer online learning opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities, and professional and adjunct teaching staff. Key partners in local economic development, Maryland community colleges deliver customized training designed to meet immediate, local labor needs and ensure the availability of a skilled workforce to attract new businesses and employers.  The MACC is an advocate for the state’s community colleges and the educational needs of the students they serve. For more information about MACC and Maryland’s community colleges, visit or call (410) 974-8117.

Information provided, courtesy of MACC Communications Department


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