Community Colleges Applaud Governor Murphy’s Community College Tuition Aid Grants
TRENTON, N.J.—Today, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the state association for New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, released the following statement from NJCCC President Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D., after Governor Phil Murphy’s FY2019 Budget Address:
“We applaud Governor Murphy’s vision and commitment to expanding college access and affordability for tens of thousands of students throughout the state. The proposed $50 million investment for New Jersey Community College Tuition Aid Grants in the FY2019 State Budget is the first step towards ensuring that all New Jerseyans will have access to the post-secondary education they need to be successful in today’s rapidly changing economy.
“New Jersey’s 19 community colleges are the largest provider of higher education in the state, serving over 325,000 students annually in high-quality programs that lead to associate degrees and industry-valued certificates and credentials. Currently, 45% percent of all students who graduate from a New Jersey four-year college or university have previously attended a community college. Community colleges also provide an array of opportunities for adults hoping to upgrade their skills and change career paths.
“We look forward to working with Governor Murphy, his administration and the legislature on this significant investment in New Jersey’s future.”