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 […]

RAMC Requests Additional Congressional Support for Community College Students

Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), A coalition of community colleges, today sent a letter to congressional leaders urging additional provisions to support community colleges and their students in the next COVID relief package advanced by Congress. “Not only are community colleges taking action to ensure students can continue to pursue a degree or credential despite […]

RAMC Urges Administration to Protect Postsecondary Opportunities for International Students

Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), A coalition of community colleges, today issued a statement in response to an announcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that international students pursuing postsecondary degrees in the United States may be deported if their institutions switch to all online learning due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Joe May, RAMC Board […]

RAMC Urges Greater Compassion, Understanding in Wake of Protests

Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), A coalition of community colleges, today issued a statement in response to protests against racism and police brutality that continue in cities around the country. Joe May, RAMC Board President and Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, said, “The protests sweeping across the nation, including in my hometown […]