on Education 



A Proposal for 
Fair and Equitable Distribution 
of State 
Education Aid

When School 
Expenses Rise, 
by Allen Larson




CONNECT:  Part 1

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Finally, Iíd like to mention some related areas that need funding, areas with relatively small investment in exchange for enormous benefit:

Workforce Training Funds for Community Colleges, enabling us to deliver lower-cost and expanded training for the incumbent workforce, in response to the needs identified by employers, was zeroed out in the Governorís budget.  Last year, it was $900,000 for all 15 community colleges, and that was reduced from $2.5 million the year before.   For Cape Cod Community College, this meant but $70,000 to $80,000 per year, but these funds enabled us to build capacity in order to better serve some 9,000 local businesses and their employees.  We need restoration to the previous funding level of $2.5 million.

The Workforce Investment Fund must be maintained, indeed, should be increased, with greater access to these funds by small and sole-proprietor businesses so typical of our region.  Community colleges as training providers can meet training needs and serve as a catalyst to aggregate groups of businesses in partnership with local economic development agencies and local and regional chambers of commerce and trade associations.

The Dual Enrollment Program funding and such specific iterations of it as Diploma Plus should be restored.  These represent a national trend to which Massachusetts came late, and loss of this funding negatively impacts both individuals and the Commonwealth.  With relatively small investment, these programs offer early, easy, and low-cost transition from high school to college, especially for students who have the greatest potential but are the least likely to pursue higher education (for example, students who are first generation in their family to attend college).  Diploma Plus at Cape Cod Community College has an extraordinarily successful track record of retaining students in college following high school graduation with college credits already earned through the Diploma Plus and/or dual enrollment programs.  The loss of these funds means diminished individual aspiration and potential but also diminished workforce and productivity potential to the Commonwealth. 

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