Representatives of Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges went to the Capitol Thursday, urging legislators to steer more money their way.
State Board of Community and Junior Colleges executive director Eric Clark said enrollment this spring is up 16 percent compared with last year.
Clark said the increase has been driven by the recession. As more people lose their jobs, they're turning to the community colleges for additional job training.
But Clark said the increased enrollment comes as the state deals with a tight budget. He says budget cuts this year have reduced the schools' funding by about $21 million.