State should protect its community college assets by providing more funding [Letter]

We share view that Harford Community College is a major asset that provides a quality, affordable entry into h

Editor:

Thank you for your insightful editorial about Harford Community College [Feb. 15] and the need for the state to increase financial support towards the one-third share that was promised as a goal 21 years ago.

I don't think any of the college's trustees or administrators want to keep raising tuition, but it is our duty to insure financial viability for the future and to maintain the very high quality of the education the college provides. Credits earned at HCC can be transferred to over 30 four-year universities.

We share The Aegis' view that Harford Community College is a major asset that provides a quality, affordable entry into higher education, and we want to keep improving to serve our students and community even better.

County Executive Barry Glassman and the County Council have stepped up to provide the county's one-third share of the funds the college needs to operate. The state is paying only 24 percent, leaving student tuition to pay the remaining 42 percent of operating costs.

We'll keep advocating along with Maryland's other 15 community colleges to get the governor and General Assembly to step up and make community college an even more affordable option for all our students.

Rich Norling

Chair,

Harford Community College Board of Trustees

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