house resolution no.235

Reps. Steckloff, Breen, Fitzgerald, Glanville, Haadsma, Hill, Koleszar, Liberati, MacDonell, Rheingans, Rogers, Schuette and Weiss offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 2024 as Community College Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, The House of Representatives is pleased to honor† Michiganís 31 community and tribal Colleges in recognition of April of 2024 as Michigan Community College Month; and

Whereas, Community College Month is an appropriate time to acknowledge community colleges and the important contributions they make to the richness and accessibility of post-secondary education; and

Whereas, The leaders and staff of Michiganís community colleges are fully devoted to the praiseworthy mission of providing relevant academic and technical coursework leading to industry-recognized credentials; and

Whereas, Michiganís outstanding community colleges enroll 280,000 students and grant 19,900 degrees and 7,000 certificates each year. Fifty-two percent of students who earn bachelorís degrees in Michigan have completed courses at a community college; and

Whereas, Investing in community colleges helps meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement, and competitiveness; and

Whereas, Students of all ages and backgrounds who attend these exceptional schools receive a superb education and earn degrees, certificates, and training that help them become skilled members of a workforce that propels economic growth and encourages learning and culture; and

Whereas, The strength and success of Michiganís community colleges, the vitality of its communities, and the effectiveness of our American society depend, in great measure, upon excellent organizations, exemplified by Michiganís community colleges; and

Whereas, It is altogether proper and fitting for this legislative body to pause in its deliberations and recognize Michiganís community colleges, and to affirm their importance to the citizens of this State; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That members of this legislative body declare April 2024 as Community College Month in the state of Michigan. We urge the continued awareness of community college job training for the students of Michigan to ensure the sustainability of Michiganís workforce for the years to come; and be it further

Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Governor of Michigan and each Michigan community college.