Group to lobby for community colleges

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Community college leaders who say federal policies have undervalued their role are banding together to fight for changes.

Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn DuBois and his counterparts in Louisiana, North Carolina and Indiana have formed Rebuilding the Middle Class. It plans to raise money and hire lobbyists to promote the interests of community colleges. The group held its first meeting in Indianapolis last week.

Two-year colleges are playing an increasingly vital role in providing affordable education and job training. But some leaders say that Congress and legislation hasn't kept up.

Louisiana Community and Technical College System president Joe May says programs created to help such students — including grant and loan funding — haven't grown accordingly.

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Rebuilding America's Middle Class: http://www.supportramc.org/

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