senate resolution no.112

Senators Singh, Geiss and Webber offered the following resolution:

A resolution to designate April 2024 as Community College Month.

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 community colleges are fully devoted to the praiseworthy mission of providing relevant academic and technical coursework leading to industry-recognized credentials; and

Whereas, Each year, Michiganís community colleges enroll 280,000 students while granting 19,900 degrees and 7,000 certificates. In Michigan, 52 percent of students who earn bachelorís degrees have completed courses at a community college; and

Whereas, Investing in community colleges helps meet the 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 upon excellent organizations, exemplified by community colleges; and

Whereas, We honor and salute Michiganís 31 community and tribal colleges in recognition of April 2024 as Michigan Community College Month; and

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

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body designate April 2024 as Community College Month; and be it further

Resolved, That we urge the continued awareness of community college job training for Michigan students to ensure the sustainability of our workforce for the years to come.