Rep. Afendoulis approves state community college budget

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House votes for $408 million for state’s two-year institutions

State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges, today voted in support of expanding local education and workforce training programs as part of the approved community college budget for the upcoming budget year.

The subcommittee previously approved $408 million in late March to help support Michigan’s 28 public community colleges with today’s vote advancing the bill to the governor.

“Our community colleges are an important option for Michigan’s recent high school graduates, individuals seeking added vocational training and anyone seeking an educational bridge to traditional four-year degrees,” said Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township. “These schools and the over 411,000 students attending them are an important component of our work to ensure Michigan’s workforce is prepared for the jobs of the future.”

The approved budget includes an average 1-percent increase with per-campus allocations fluctuating, based on current year funding allocations.

Built into the budget are reporting requirements, such as the Michigan Community College Association, Michigan Association of State Universities and Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities reporting on academic partnerships among institutions. The community colleges are also required to provide a campus information and resources link on their website, containing important safety information for students, and must submit their Title IX annual report on sexual assault to the legislature.

“We need to make sure our institutions are working together to keep costs down for students,” Afendoulis said. “With the increased emphasis on skilled trade and technical programs in Michigan, community colleges will continue to play a crucial role in our state’s future.”