TEMPLE — During a meeting of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees earlier this month, community college trustees and presidents discussed legislative priorities that will be stressed when the 84th Legislature goes into session in January.

Temple College Trustee Lydia Santibanez was named chairman of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees at the organization’s annual meeting.

In addition to Santibanez, TC President Glenda Barron attended the meeting along with trustees Andrejs Avots, John Bailey and Katie Burrows.

The goal is to speak with one voice and to be prepared when talking with state legislators, Santibanez said.

“We have a strong message,” Burrows said.

The legislative priorities include workforce and skills alignment, measuring and funding success, college readiness, transfers and articulation, and Texans in community college.

Community college students represent traditional-age young adult students, those returning for new workforce skills, veterans seeking to re-enter the workforce and lifelong learners at various levels of professional development.

The recommendation is that the state provide sufficient funding for Adult Basic Education.

Currently, Texas only provides funding to serve about 100,000 statewide out of more than 3 million eligible.

These priorities are in line with information that was discussed over the past couple of years by the Temple College board, Barron said.

“It’s very reassuring,” she said.

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