State Legislative Priorities

  1. Community College Funding
    Community colleges educate roughly 40 percent of the public higher education population but receive only about 15 percent of the total state funding allocated to higher education.
  2. Full Funding of the A+ Scholarship Program
    Full funding for all currently eligible students, as well as those that will be included by the recent expansion to non-public high schools. 
  3. Degree Offerings
    Missouri’s community colleges unanimously supported the legislative effort to amend Missouri statutes regarding degree offerings at public institutions of higher education. The legislation would have allowed community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in certain programs as approved by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.
  4. Workforce Development
    To reverse the trend of underfunding workforce training programs, especially relative to other states with which we compete for economic development opportunities, we will support an increase in funding for the Missouri Works Job Training program as well as the Customized Training program.
  5. PSRS/PEERS Viability and Vitality
    We continue to support the oversight of these systems to ensure they remain well-funded and are managed responsibly.
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Federal Legislative Priorities

The Missouri Community College Association respectfully asks our federal lawmakers to support the legislative agenda of the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges, with particular emphasis on these priorities

Federal Pell Grants

  • Preserve the Federal Pell Grant program as the foundation of federal student aid for millions of needy college students.
  • Provide annual increases to the maximum Pell Grant.
  • Reinstate the year-round Pell Grant.
  • Increase lifetime Pell Grant eligibility to 14 semesters (full-time equivalent).
  • Restore full eligibility for “Ability-to-Benefit” community college students.

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE) Reauthorization

  • Increase the quality of funded programs by establishing more rigorous requirements that CTE programs be aligned with industry needs, highly coordinated between the secondary and postsecondary levels, and prepare students for occupations in high-wage, highdem and occupations.
  • Establish consistent definitions and accountability metrics to enable a clearer picture of the performance of CTE at the national and state levels.
  • Update the act to better support student success by including dual enrollment, work experiences, integrated delivery of basic skills, and stackable postsecondary credentials.
  • Increase funding for CTE state grants.