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Governor Visits Carroll Community College

Release Date: 7/5/2006

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Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Visits Carroll Community College

Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. spoke before a group of faculty, staff, students and SummerKids@Carroll youth at Carroll Community College (Carroll) on Friday, June 30. Members of the state delegation from Carroll County, members of the college board of trustees, and the Carroll County Commissioners were also present to greet Ehrlich.

Citizens of Carroll County were also present at the event.

In his speech, Ehrlich gave high marks to the quality of education present in schools and colleges in Carroll County. He specifically praised Carroll Community College as an affordable, convenient, and effective source of higher education in the county.

Ehrlich said Carroll Community College has set the bar for community colleges, as an example of post-secondary education that is accessible and prepares students well for further study and for careers. He spoke of the need for American workers to stay globally competitive and about the role of higher education in that effort.

Dr. Faye Pappalardo, president of the college, expressed her gratitude to Ehrlich for his support of the college and of higher education. Specifically, she thanked him for supporting the Cade Formula funding bill, which allows an increase in the formula the state uses to determine the budget appropriations for community colleges in Maryland. Dr. Pappalardo also expressed her appreciation for the Governor's support of the small college bill, which will spread out the loss of supplemental state funding over a period of years. This serves to ease the burden for a small college that changes its small college status due to increased enrollment to a medium-sized college, forfeiting funding earmarked for small colleges.

Dr. Pappalardo thanked Ehrlich for approving the budget for Classroom Building 4, a new campus building which will house classrooms, labs, student life space, business conferencing rooms, and a cafeteria. Classroom Building 4 is expected to be complete in 2009.

Dr. Pappalardo also thanked the Carroll County Commissioners and the Carroll County Delegation for the support they have given to the college.

Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Rd., in Westminster, Md.

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