More than 300 community college leaders from across the state recently gathered in Raleigh to advocate for the NC Community College System’s legislative priorities. Dr. Pamela G. Senegal, President, Piedmont Community College (PCC), participated in the day’s events, highlighting community colleges’ importance in our state.
Senegal, PCC Board members, and student representatives from N4CSGA (North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association) were on hand to deliver the message that fully funding the needs of North Carolina’s community colleges is critical to meet the current and future workforce needs of the state.
“We are grateful for the high level of support and encouragement received from Senator Graig Meyers, Senator Mike Woodard, Representative Ray Jeffers, and Representative Rene Price,” Senegal said.
Among the speakers at the Community College Day event were NC Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger, NC House Speaker Tim Moore, and chairs of powerful education and appropriations committees. All legislators emphasized the critical mission of the community colleges to train and retrain the state’s workforce.
“Businesses know what they need from their workers, and community colleges know how to build a workforce,” Berger said.
Legislators also commended the community college leaders’ work at all 58 campuses.
“Community Colleges are 58 strong in North Carolina and are truly the lifeblood of workforce development and education improvement in our state,” Moore said.
The NC Community College System is advocating for a legislative agenda focused on students and employees as community colleges work to support the businesses in their communities. The legislature is currently holding its long session when budget matters are decided for a two-year biennium.