Seward, Smullen push to make community colleges more affordable

They also outlined how the proposed budget will impact the community colleges.

Posted: Feb 21, 2019 6:21 PM

HERKIMER, N.Y. -- Two local lawmakers want to make community colleges more affordable for students.

Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Robert Smullen toured Herkimer College and met with the school's president.

They also outlined how the proposed budget will impact the college and what can be done to support Herkimer and other community colleges with state aid.

“It's quite evident that the formula needs to be updated from his past full-time equivalent nature to make it a baseline plus a full-time equivalent nature so accounts for the fluctuations in the economy,” said Smullen.

“Our community colleges are a great asset because they help to train and retrain our workforce as I talk to employers throughout this region that's one of their primary concerns is that they're going to be a skilled educated workforce to meet their needs,” said Seward.

They say the legislature needs to make changes to the governor's budget in order include a better formula of funding.

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