ACTION ALERT

Ask your state lawmakers to SUPPORT:

  • 3% INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES
  • $50 MILLION ADDITIONAL DOLLARS FOR MAP GRANTS

Community colleges are key to providing the advanced training needed to adjust to new economic realities, especially for workers who are low-skilled or in career transitions. They offer both pathways to the completion of associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, as well as career opportunities for students who are not pursuing a degree.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has proposed a budget with no increase in funding for community colleges and adult education programs from FY 21 levels. The Governor’s proposed higher education budget also raises Monetary Award Program funding by $28 million to protect awards for current students. This is not enough!

Illinois has been disinvesting in higher education for decades. These divestitures are harmful to student success metrics, including grades and completion rates. Better funding can keep college affordable while also enabling workers to be more productive and earn higher wages. To remain competitive in the global economy, we need to invest in both students and institutions. Community colleges are distinctly well-suited to help our workforce retool amid a changing economy, and they represent essential hubs of local economic development.

Many legislators believe that federal stimulus funds will be a big boost to community colleges for FY22. However, this aid replaces lost revenues and additional costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (transitioning to online education and telework; mitigating and remediating the impact of COVID-19, including cleaning campuses, cancelling programs and events, closing facilities, and delaying grants). These federal funds are limited in their use and are not a long-term, stable investment in community colleges.

Community colleges are vital to a strong economic recovery. Illinois needs a strong community college system now more than ever.

Please ASK your state legislators to vote for a 3% funding INCREASE for community colleges and an ADDITIONAL $50 million for MAP.

We missed you at our last meeting....

Interested in becoming more active in ICCTA? Contact one of our officers or executive staff: 
  • Jim Reed, ICCTA executive director
  • Mandy Little, treasurer (John A. Logan College)
  • Bob Thompson, past president (Sauk Valley Community College)
  • Jon Looney, president (Black Hawk College)
  • Dr. Maureen Dunne, secretary (College of DuPage)

ICCTA officers

Click here for ICCTA's 2020-2021 leadership team
 
 

 #CCLiftUp for equity and diversity

The tragic circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis makes clear yet again that systemic discrimination and unjust racial disparities continue to plague our country. 

Those of us who work tirelessly for good through our community colleges and what they represent must stand united with those afflicted against the base instincts of others among us that seek to divide, denigrate and subjugate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other differences.

The best way to give hope to those who have been victimized is to share what you are doing at your college and in your community to uplift people of color and those who are under-represented. We welcome you to submit your #CCLiftUp stories to ICCTA at [email protected], and we will share them with our ICCTA community.

Read ICCTA's #CCLiftUp statement