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Dr. Pittman meeting congressional officials

STLCC leaders advocate for students in meetings with congressional officials

Dr. Pittman meeting congressional officialsAnnual Association of Community College Trustees Legislative Summit is a platform to speak to elected leaders in support of Pell Grants for students

Being an advocate for students is part of the responsibility of community college leadership, including members of the board. When the advocacy work focuses on the cost of college and the availability of federal student aid such as Pell Grants, the work is even more important.

St. Louis Community College was well-represented at the 2018 Association of Community College Trustees Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. by Chancellor Jeff L. Pittman, Dr. Doris Graham, chair, Board of Trustees, and Pam Ross, trustee.

With support from the Missouri Community College Association, conversations with elected officials who represent STLCC focused on key points such as:

  • Preserving the federal Pell Grant program as the foundation of federal student aid for millions of college students in need, and to maintain year-round Pell Grants.
  • Providing annual increases to the maximum Pell Grant in proportion to annual inflation.
  • Increasing lifetime Pell Grant eligibility to 14 semesters (full-time equivalent).
  • Restoring full eligibility for ‘Ability-to-Benefit’ community college students.

Dr. Pittman congressional meetingChancellor Pittman, Graham and Ross participated in meetings and workshops related to advocacy for Pell Grants, workforce development and risk-sharing (federal financial assessments levied on institutions based on student aid or educational outcomes).

They attended congressional meetings with Missouri’s U.S. Reps. Ann Wagner-R and Lacy Clay-D, and Sens. Claire McCaskill-D and Roy Blunt-R.

The meetings provided STLCC’s trustees the opportunity to inform members of Congress about the important impact that community colleges have in the state of Missouri.

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