Colleagues:  Please see the message below for some very shocking news about a proposed cut of the Carl Perkins Federal Grant Program.
The message details how you can contact your legislator to protest this cut.  Please consider writing a letter or making a phone call. 

Sharon Juenemann
Learning Skills Specialist
Mt. Hood Community College
(503) 491-7590
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From: ELLYNNE BANNON [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 1:50 PM
AACC has become aware through reliable sources that the Bush Administration
is seriously considering eliminating ALL funding next year for the Carl D.
Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act. The proposal would be part
of the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 budget submission to Congress
early next year. This possibility is extremely surprising given the
attention and emphasis by the Administration on the upcoming
reauthorization of the Perkins Act. Reports indicate that this dramatic
action is being contemplated in order to help pay for the massive shortfall
now facing the Pell Grant program.
As you all know, the Perkins Act provides critical program funds to
community and technical colleges. If these funds were eliminated the
quality of community college vocational programs across the country would
suffer. The elimination of funding would be especially devastating given
the current financial straits of most community colleges.
AACC remains a strong supporter of the Pell Grant program-the cornerstone
of federal financial aid which enables millions of low income students to
access a higher education. However, while we believe that it is important
to provide the resources needed to fund Pell Grants, eliminating another
important program for students and community colleges is not the answer.
Therefore, we ask you to call, fax or email the members of Congress,
particularly Republicans because they will have the most influence over the
Bush Administration, and ask them to urge the Office of Management and
Budget (O.M.B.) and the White House to provide at least level funding for
the Perkins Act in FY 2004. We thank you for your help. Please be advised
that time is of the essence.
For more information on how to help, please contact Ellynne Bannon,
Legislative Associate, via e-mail or at 202-728-0200, ext. 249..
Ellynne Bannon
American Association of Community Colleges
Legislative Associate
One Dupont Circle, NW Ste 410
Washington, DC 20036
202/728-0200 x249 (p)
Technology Division
Including the departments of:
Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics,
Industrial Technology, Visual and Performing Arts,
Media Arts and Communication
Mt. Hood Community College
Gresham, Oregon 97030
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