Issue Position: Education

Issue Position

By:  Mary Haugen
Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Location: unknown

PREVENTING CUTS

Originally drawn into public service to help improve our public schools, Mary Margaret will always be an advocate for our children. Despite the economic downturn and the many budget cuts needed to close the state's budget deficit, Mary Margaret was able to work with members of both parties to pass a budget that ultimately avoided cuts to K-12 and higher education. She will continue to fight to fully fund and provide college and vocational opportunities so we can continue to build a brighter future.

FOUR-YEAR DEGREES FOR SNOHOMISH COUNTY

The North Puget Sound area has been underserved in terms of access to four-year baccalaureate degrees. This biennium Mary Margaret was able to finally change that making it possible for Washington State University (WSU) to manage the University Center at Everett Community College paving the way for the establishment of a four-year university presence in our region. The new plan will help deliver lower and upper division courses, and expand the availability of baccalaureate degrees, graduate degrees and certificate programs across a variety of engineering disciplines. Programs will focus on teaching high-demand science, technology, engineering, and math programs. The implementation of these programs will be huge boosts for our students, businesses and generations to come.