Governor Deval Patrick hosted the first meeting of the Commonwealth’s 15 newly appointed community college board chairs on Nov. 29 to discuss the implementation of his community college plan. MWCC board Chair Tina Sbrega was among the participants.
The governor’s community college plan, supported by the Legislature and included in the FY13 budget, focuses on “strengthening the connections between our campuses, our employers, and our workforce so that each and every one of our students has the opportunity to thrive,” said Governor Patrick. “These 15 board chairs are the lynchpins of that new, coordinated system of community colleges and I am excited about what we can accomplish together.”
Delivering on the goals of his community college plan, Governor Patrick recently awarded community colleges a total of $4 million in grants to support increased skill training and workforce alignment, improved student learning outcomes and efficiency measures at campuses across the Commonwealth. These grants will give campuses the additional capacity they need to promote higher completion rates of degrees and certificates, be more responsive to the needs of local economies as well as of the state’s fastest growing sectors and adopt a system-wide standard core of course offerings.
The governor also announced nearly $300 million in capital funding to community colleges this fall to advance high-quality instructional and research facility projects throughout the community college system to help students remain competitive in a 21st century global economy. MWCC has been awarded $37.9 million for a new science and technology building.
For more about the governor’s community college plan click here.