RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Governor Bev Perdue called upon the General Assembly Monday to reject a proposal that would merge dozens of mostly-rural community college campuses.
Perdue said the mergers would be an attack on the rural part of the state and be another blow to North Carolina's education system.
"Community colleges are important economic drivers for their individual communities," Gov. Perdue said. "They are crucial partners in growing jobs, especially in rural areas. Local control is essential for addressing local needs, particularly in the areas of job creation, training and economic development. To merge rural community colleges is to move our education system backwards. The General Assembly should reject that proposal."
A report by the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division recommends merging community college campuses in mostly rural areas of the state.