Closing Connecticut Community Colleges Wrongheaded
By ELIZABETH KEIFER — opinion in Hartford Courant —-
We know we live in tough budget times when you have to consider closing community colleges.
Last week, Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system, warned that the budget proposal from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and others coming from the General Assembly could force the closing of one or more of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges. This would be a blow directed at the people most in need of a boost and often among our most vulnerable students.
Community colleges are a place for anyone, any age, to get a degree, get a certificate or just drop in to learn about any subject.
Community colleges provide an inexpensive but rigorous curriculum.
Community colleges don’t care how old you are, what color you are, or what your gender identification or religious affiliation is all about.