HCC President Presents Governor Martin O’Malley with Award at Community College Summit
As president of the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents, Dr. Kathleen Hetherington, president of Howard Community College, presented Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley with the “Champion of Community Colleges” award Friday, December 5 at the Maryland Association of Community Colleges’ (MACC) 5th Annual Summit on Completion. The award highlighted the O’Malley Administration’s work to increase access to affordable college and to improve college completion rates.
“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.”
A four-year upward trend in completions at Maryland’s community colleges—up 38% for associate degrees awarded and up 47% for career certificates granted—indicate that strategies to improve completion are working.
Hundreds of community college faculty, state lawmakers, and higher education policymakers meet each year at the annual summit to share strategies for improving college completion rates. Legislation passed in 2013, and spearheaded by MACC, put Maryland at the forefront of national efforts to improve college completion rates.
About Maryland Association of Community Colleges
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 www.mdacc.org.