Morton College Trustees Susan Banks and Frank Aguilar held meetings on Feb. 12, 2014 in Washington DC with members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation to discuss opportunities for additional funding.
Banks and Aguilar met with Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and also had meetings with U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski to discuss obtaining Title V funding for Morton College.
The two trustees presented each legislator with an official letter from Morton College President Dana Grove urging their support.
Aguilar said the funds would enhance the college’s existing educational services.
“Our main goal is to speak with our legislators to obtain funding for the college,” Aguilar said, noting the federal government sets aside money under Federal Title V guidelines for community colleges, specifically Hispanic Serving Institutions.
Morton College is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.
“We also talked about funding to support expanded Technical Education, programs to address the needs of students who are military veterans, supporting the DREAM ACT, streamline existing tax credits for families with students in the community college system, and to also provide support for elementary and secondary education institutions which serve as feeders to the community college system.”
Aguilar said that Durbin, Kirk and Lipinski were very receptive to the needs of Morton College students and the college district.