What is the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)?
AACC is a national, nonprofit organization that represents close to 1,200, two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and their more than 11 million students. Since 1920, AACC has been the leading proponent and the national voice for community colleges. AACC is located in the National Center for Higher Education (NCHE) in Washington, D.C.
What is the Corporate Program?
The Program offers an avenue for private-sector executives and the AACC Board leadership to network, exchange ideas, and explore potential partnerships. Through event, online, and print vehicles, the program seeks to enhance your company's visibility within the community college sector. We offer four levels of corporate participation: Leader, Partner, Advocate, and Associate.
What is the Corporate Council?
The Corporate Council is the advisory arm of the Corporate Program. Council sessions offer a unique opportunity for direct, open dialogue between AACC Board members and corporate leaders representing diverse industries. Sessions provide opportunities to identify collaborative initiatives, recognize emerging sector trends, and strengthen existing partnerships. The Corporate Council meetings coincide with AACC Board sessions and take place in April (at AACC's annual convention site) and November (in Washington, D.C.).
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, AACC is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization; all contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
How is my contribution used?
AACC represents 90 percent of public, two-year U.S. community colleges and their almost 12 million students. The largest, fastest growing, and most diverse sector of higher education, community colleges serve communities and the nation through a broad and critical mission that focuses on lifelong learning, career education and preparation for transfer. Because they typically receive most of their operat,ing funding from state and local sources, community colleges are particularly susceptible to the volatility of economic downturns. By supporting AACC’s advocacy, you help to advance efforts to increase access to stimulus and competitive job grant funding, as well as a wide range of other opportunities through federal agencies. You also help expand Association efforts to provide essential leadership development programs, engage the philanthropic community to support innovative programs, and raise the visibility of community colleges among policymakers, news media, and other key constituencies.
When is the next AACC Annual Convention?
April 5-8, 2014, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
Who attends the AACC Convention?
Convention attendees include senior community college administrators (chancellors, presidents, vice presidents, deans, and department chairs), trustees, faculty, and business and industry representatives who work with or have an interest in community colleges. Federal or state agency representatives, graduate students, and international educators also attend.
What kind of visibility will my company get at the AACC Convention?
AACC works closely with corporate donors to identify optimal event, online, and print opportunities at the convention and at other major AACC conferences throughout the year.
Your convention in-person presence may be as an exhibitor, as an event sponsor, as a participant in the AACC's Corporate Council meeting*, or as a participant in educational and social events as convention forum presenters. At the corporate LEADER and PARTNER donor levels, convention forum proposals are automatically accepted if the presentations are in tandem with an AACC college
Your online presence is established by displaying your company name and logo on AACC’s main and convention websites.
Your print presence is assured through an ad in the convention program book, which spotlights all of AACC's corporate donors. A recognition banner listing Corporate Program donors is also prominently displayed in the convention main hall. If you are a donor and an exhibitor, your company's name is highlighted in the exhibit hall guide book and in the online list of exhibitors. You may also take advantage of discounts on advertisements in the convention editions of the Community College Journal and the Community College Times.
Finally, you may consider inserting your company's brochure in the convention virtual tote bag. This option is free for corporate Leaders and Partners. It is accessible, for a modest fee, to corporate Advocates and Associates. It is available to all on a first-come, first-served basis.
Does AACC help me sell products and services?
AACC does not endorse or recommend the purchase or use of any company's products or services. We also advise corporate donors to avoid soliciting or making an explicit promotion of a company’s products and services at social events.
May I display AACC's logo on my Web site or in promotional materials?
AACC's names, trademarks, logos, or copyrights may be used with the association's prior written approval. Also, AACC retains editorial control of publications produced in cooperation with corporate sponsors.
How does my company join?
Please contact Carolina Zumarán-Jones, AACC's Corporate Program Manager, at 202-728-0200 ext. 270 or email@example.com.
*Corporate Council participation is restricted to Leader, Partner, and Advocate donor levels.