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 AACC Letter 

August 2, 2016 | Issue #860

POLICY and ADVOCACY

1. TELL CONGRESS TO REINSTATE YEAR-ROUND PELL GRANTS
Congress has adjourned for its summer recess, which provides an opportunity for community college leaders to meet with their representatives and advocate for key priorities. AACC urges its members to take advantage of this opportunity to press for reinstatement of year-round Pell Grants (YRP) in final FY 2017 appropriations legislation. Visit AACC’s website for talking points. 
AACC Contact: David Baime 

PROGRAM INITIATIVES

2. NOMINATE YOUR OUTSTANDING ALUMNI
AACC will soon be accepting nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards. Details are available online. Awards will be presented April 22, 2017, at the AACC Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Deadline: October 3, 2016.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

GRANTS and PARTNERSHIPS

3. DHS FUNDING TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program, with $10 million in available funds. Non-governmental organizations, including institutions of higher education, will be eligible for DHS funding to promote community resilience against the threat of violent extremism. Funding will be awarded to community-based programs that draw from a range of local partners—educators, social service and mental health providers, faith leaders, and public safety officials. Information is available online. Questions? E-mail DHS
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING

4. “ENGAGING ADJUNCTS IN REFORM EFFORTS”
For educational and institutional reforms to succeed, faculty members need to be an integral part of planning, implementing, and refining any major change to how a college educates its students, according to this commentary piece in Community College Daily.
AACC Contact: Matthew Dembicki 

5. “FILLING THE NEED FOR HEALTH CARE INTERPRETERS”
A new Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program at Howard Community College addresses a growing need for interpreters. Read about it at the 21st Century Center
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

RESOURCES

6. REGISTER FOR WEBINAR ON COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION
A free interactive webinar, “How to Develop a Competency-Based Education (CBE) Program: Part II,” will take place August 24, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. (ET). The webinar will provide an opportunity for AACC members to engage in the dialog on CBE. There will be discussion on the basics of CBE, sharing of multiple CBE models, and information on how to build the framework for a CBE program. The webinar is hosted by Excelsior. Register online
AACC Contact: Martha Parham 

EVENTS and SERVICES

7. SAVE THE DATE FOR WDI
AACC’s Workforce Development Institute 2017 (WDI) will take place January 25–28 in Newport Beach, California. Registration opens in August. In spirit of this year’s theme, “Inspiring Innovation,” attendees can expect preconference, plenary, and workshop sessions that aim to “inspire innovation” on community college campuses across the country.
AACC Contact: John Dyer 

OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

8. SIGN CCCIE’S PRESIDENTS FOR NEW AMERICAN SUCCESS PLEDGE
The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE) is launching a College Presidents Campaign to engage community college presidents in its work to accelerate the success of immigrant students and raise awareness of the critical role community colleges play in immigrant education and integration. Sign the Presidents Pledge to commit to advancing immigrant student success and helping the economy thrive. Complete and return pledge forms to Teresita Wisell, CCCIE executive director. 
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

9. FEEDBACK REQUESTED FOR COMMUNITY SOLAR CHALLENGE
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is developing a Community Solar Challenge that will award teams in dozens of communities over $100,000, in cash prizes and technical assistance, to develop innovative community solar programs and projects to their communities. DOE has released a Request for Information (RFI) and is looking for feedback from stakeholders. Send feedback to DOE by August 2, 2016.
AACC Contact: Martha Parham 

10. ACCELERATING LATINO STUDENT SUCCESS
Learn how your institution and community can improve Latino student success at the 2016 ALASS Workshop, September 22 in Washington, DC.
AACC Contact: Jolanta (J.J.) Juszkiewicz 

11. MINORITY-SERVING COLLEGES TO GATHER IN DC
The U.S. Department of Education will hold the second annual gathering of minority-serving community colleges, November 1–2, 2016, in Washington, DC. This year’s focus will be on career and technical education at minority-serving community colleges. A call for presentation proposals and a registration site will be coming in September. Subscribe to the OCTAE Connection newsletter for updates.
AACC Contact: Jolanta (J.J.) Juszkiewicz 

 

 

 

 

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