Community College Leaders Applaud Bipartisan Action on Workforce Pell

Dr. Joe D. May, President of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a coalition of community colleges, and chancellor of Dallas College, today issued the following statement on behalf of RAMC in support of a bipartisan amendment to the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 (S.1260) that would allow Pell Grants to be used for short-term […]

RAMC Statement on American Families Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a coalition of community colleges, issued the following statement on the Biden Administration’s proposal to provide two years of free community college under the president’s American Families Plan: RAMC members support initiatives that remove barriers to the quality higher education programs necessary to better prepare students for […]

Community College Leaders Applaud Key Components of Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan

Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a coalition of community colleges, issued the following statement in support of key components of the Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan, including significant investments in the nation’s community colleges, broadband infrastructure, and child care facilities: “Community colleges are instrumental to building a stronger talent pipeline and reviving our economy post-COVID. […]

Community College Leaders Endorse the JOBS Act of 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a coalition of community colleges, issued the following statement in support of the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act of 2021, bipartisan and bicameral legislation introduced by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) and Representatives Andy Levin (D-MI) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) that would extend […]

Community College Leaders Applaud Increased Funding in Latest COVID Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a coalition of community colleges, applauded Congressional leaders for allocating additional federal funding support for their institutions and students, thanks to a critical change in the funding formula included in the December COVID relief package. Funds were distributed by the Department of Education today. Previous federal funding […]

Community College Leaders Advocate for Short-Term Pell, Emergency Grant Aid, and Expanded Student Supports

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a coalition of community colleges, today submitted a memo to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team offering insight into ways the new administration can better support and strengthen the nation’s community colleges. RAMC Board President and Chancellor of Dallas College Joe May said, “Community colleges are absolutely essential […]

ICYMI: WTCS President Morna Foy Discusses COVID Barriers Facing Community College Students on Inside Higher Ed’s The Key Podcast

On a recent episode of Inside Higher Ed’s podcast, The Key, Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC) board member Morna Foy, who serves as president of the Wisconsin Technical College System, spoke with contributing editor Paul Fain about the need for greater federal support for community college students. “It’s actually a very hard time for most […]

RAMC Applauds Headcount Funding Formula Included in Latest Congressional COVID Relief Bill

Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), A coalition of community colleges, today issued the following statement on the newly-introduced HEROES 2.0 legislation, which includes additional COVID relief for postsecondary institutions: As leaders of community colleges and systems around the country, RAMC applauds congressional leaders for introducing legislation that would provide additional financial support to higher education […]

New Data Confirms Need for Greater Support for Nation’s Community Colleges

Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), A coalition of community colleges, today issued the following statement in response to new data from the National Student Clearing House that shows an eight percent decline in community college enrollments: Community colleges serve some of the nation’s most vulnerable college-going populations, including working adults, low-income, and minority students. These […]

RAMC Urges Congress to Reconsider How Federal COVID Relief Funds are Distributed to Better Support Parity for Community Colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), A coalition of community colleges, today sent a letter requesting congressional leaders reconsider how federal COVID relief aid is distributed to postsecondary institutions, noting that the current process of calculating funding allocations based on full-time equivalency puts community colleges at a distinct disadvantage. In the letter, RAMC […]