Monday, March 19, 2018

Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges to Hold Press Event at Mississippi State Capitol

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) will hold a Press Conference at the Mississippi State Capitol, to help raise awareness of the consistent budget cuts that the State’s 2-year institutions have received, and to request support in restoring rightful funding. Currently, there is no advocate for community and junior colleges, despite graduates from these institutions making up the largest percentage of Mississippi’s labor market. “Community and junior colleges educate over 100,000 Mississippians each year, specifically in the area of middle-skilled jobs,” said Dr. Jesse Smith, President of Jones County Junior College. “For every $1 that the State puts into its community colleges, it receives nearly $5 in revenue; and with such a promising return-on-investment, it is shameful that our institutions have been continuously ignored. We are encouraging all Mississippians to support our efforts to bring about sure, positive change, before the future of Mississippi’s children disappears.”

Who: MACJC Representatives

What: Press Conference

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Mississippi State Capitol, South Steps, 400 High St., Jackson, MS

Why: MACJC seeks to raise public awareness of the need for legislative support for community and junior colleges.

About MACJC:

The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ membership is represented by the President of each of the 15 autonomous colleges which comprise the Community and Junior Colleges in the State of Mississippi. The Community College Board is a coordinating state agency for state funds and state policies that apply to the colleges that comprise the MACJC. Each college is governed solely by its local Board of Trustees.