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PCC Students Visit N.C. General Assembly
to Participate in ‘Community College Day’

RALEIGH—Community college students from across the state, including five from Pitt Community College, visited the General Assembly Tuesday to voice their support for raising instructor pay, funding year-round instruction at community colleges, and maintaining affordable tuition rates.

“The affordability, the quality and the accessibility offered to me during my community college experience paved the way for my success,” said La’Quon Rogers, a PCC student who serves as president of the N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA). “Instructors go above and beyond to ensure that their students have everything they need to enter the workforce or transfer to a university.”

PCC Student Activities Coordinator Katelynn James, who advises the Student Government Association at Pitt, said PCC students who made the trip to Raleigh for “Community College Day” felt it was important to voice the views of their fellow students to state legislators.

“Our students felt that even though they may be okay with a tuition increase, they want to see all of the money generated by that increase come back to the community colleges,” James said.

Students who visited the General Assembly last week had the opportunity to meet with local legislators, attend a meeting of the N.C. House’s Education (Community Colleges) Committee, and be formally recognized by both chambers. James said the PCC contingent met with state senators Louis Pate and Don Davis.

N4CSGA representatives also presented a petition with more than 1,000 student signatures, including 371 from PCC, to the leadership of the General Assembly, symbolizing the broad student support for the budget priorities related to tuition rates and instructor pay.

"State and local legislators are eager to hear the experiences of students and employers—our two primary customer groups at PCC,” said PCC President G. Dennis Massey. “I am sure that our elected representatives will consider strongly student recommendations for a lower tuition rate than has been proposed and fair compensation for faculty and staff."

The N4CSGA is a student-led organization that represents all student government organizations within the N.C. Community College System.