About MACC

The Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) is the unified voice for Maryland’s 16 community colleges. Since its founding in 1992, the Association has worked with businesses, communities, government, and other organizations to improve student success, provide job training, and promote economic development across the state.


  • As a primary point of entry for collegiate studies, community colleges are an integral and vital component of higher education in Maryland;
  • Community colleges have a primary role in economic development and job training;
  • Collective action through MACC can benefit both member colleges and the citizens of the State of Maryland; and
  • Collective support of member colleges will enhance the achievement of their individually defined missions and result in greater student success.

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  • Represent member colleges when taking collective action;
  • Facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among member colleges;
  • Inform and maintain effective working relationships with boards, offices, departments, agencies, groups, individuals and associations which may have an impact on community college affairs in Maryland;
  • Provide services to member colleges; and
  • Advocate the benefits of community colleges for the State of Maryland and the students served.

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  1. Liaison:  Coordinate with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the University System of Maryland (USM), the Maryland Independent Colleges and University Association (MICUA), and other organizations; maintaining relationships with state and federal organizations which relate either directly or indirectly to community college affairs.
  2. Government Relations: Maintain relationships with legislators, legislative groups, the Office of the Governor, and other state departments and groups involved in the legislative process; initiate and monitor legislation which benefits community colleges and the citizens served by community colleges.
  3. Community College Financing: Work with the General Assembly, Office of the Governor, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and other state groups to obtain adequate appropriations for community college operations and capital projects.
  4. Public Relations: Project a positive image of community colleges through publications, press releases, media relations and other information services.
  5. Economic Development and Job Training: Facilitate and promote the role of community colleges as a primary delivery system for job training in support of economic development in Maryland.
  6. Member Services: Provide services which assist member colleges in achieving student success.
  7. Research: Conduct research and data gathering projects, produce reports and statistical summaries as needed.
  8. Professional Development:  Sponsor in-service programs which enhance the professional skills of trustees and administrators.

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