Below is a template to write a letter to your lawmakers:
The Honorable [insert full name here]
[City, State, Zip]
Dear [Representative or Senator] [insert last name here],
As one of your constituents with ties to [insert community college name here], I am urging you to support Pennsylvania’s community colleges with favorable policy and funding decisions. State support of community colleges is necessary for the colleges to continue to provide accessible, high-quality education and workforce training opportunities for Pennsylvanians.
In the 2017-18 academic year, the colleges served more than 300,000 students from all 67 counties in the Commonwealth. [Please share an impactful story about how community college has helped you.]
Community colleges are constantly re-evaluating their course offerings and operations to ensure that they are in alignment with community and workforce needs. These institutions operate efficiently and effectively and are responsible stewards of public resources. Over the years, the colleges have controlled expenses by reducing costs, reallocating resources, and creating efficiencies across all aspects of college operations.
As the largest provider of public postsecondary education in the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s community colleges are a sector that plays a significant role in the Commonwealth’s education and workforce development systems.
Supporting Pennsylvania’s community colleges will help to grow economic development, train the next generation of workers and provide access to a quality, affordable education in Pennsylvania.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.
[Your name, address and contact information]