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 AACC Letter 

November 4, 2014 | Issue #839

Policy and Advocacy     

1. AACC RESPONSE TO GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT REGULATIONS
AACC believes that the U.S. Department of Education’s final gainful employment (GE) regulations are deeply flawed. The regulations impose massive reporting, recordkeeping and related costs on community colleges that largely will provide no benefit to students, taxpayers or the public. Visit the AACC website  to read the association’s full response to the GE regulations.
AACC Contact: David Baime 

2. REGISTER FOR AACC’S UPCOMING GOVERNMENT RELATIONS WEBINAR
Join the AACC government relations team on November 6 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) for the latest news and highlights of the final gainful employment regulations. These regulations govern student aid eligibility for certificate programs at community colleges and require extensive information and disclosure. Find out how the final regulations are different from the proposed rule, and how they will impact your college. The webinar also will cover the latest legislative news. Register now.
AACC Contact: Jim Hermes
 

Program Initiatives   

3. APPLY FOR THE NEXT ROUECHE-FLI AND WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP PRECONFERENCE SESSION
Apply now for the AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, which will be held June 21–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gain the skills and insights you need to move your career forward.  Bring back ready-to-implement ideas to your campus. Build your network with an intimate group of community college peers from around the United States. Also, register for the special preconference session, Getting to the Corner Office: Women in Leadership, designed for women leaders to explore the unique challenges that they face in community colleges. The John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute Award is available to offset registration fees.
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch

4. PARTICIPATE IN HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAM TRAINING
The next High Performance Team Training will take place January 18–21, 2015, in Washington, DC. AACC established High Performance Team Training to assist community college leadership teams with moving into high performance mode or can be used as a way to sustain high performance. Through grant support, AACC will reimburse half your team’s travel expenses.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

5. NOMINATIONS DUE NOV. 28 FOR THE 2015 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
AACC’s Awards of Excellence celebrates the truly extraordinary work being done at AACC member colleges. The 2015 award winners will be announced April 20 at the AACC 95th Annual Convention. Award categories and nomination information is available online. Deadline for nominations: November 28.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal

6. VCN ADDS TRANSIT SECTOR
The Virtual Career Network (VCN), initially developed by AACC through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and focused on healthcare, officially added its latest sector: Transit. The VCN provides a flexible, open-source platform to facilitate virtual career exploration and preparation.  The transit project was led by the Heldrich Center of Rutgers University working in collaboration with AACC, the American Public Transportation Association, the National Association of Workforce Boards, and XPAND Corporation, and was made possible through a competitive grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration. Community colleges are encouraged to utilize this innovative portal that profiles more than 50 high-growth in-demand transit occupations. 
AACC Contact: Katya Nekrasova

Grants and Partnerships

7.UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is now accepting applications for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a 4-year college or university. The foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually. Deadline to apply: December 2, 2014.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore

News and Social Networking

8. “EBOLA OVERDRIVE: A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK IN DALLAS”
When Ebola and the ensuing media attention hit Dallas over the past few weeks, community college leaders in the county were confident that the emergency plans and processes they already had in place could handle the issues that might arise.  This Community College Daily article outlines a day-by-day account of Dallas County Community College District’s steps to work with local officials in handling the Ebola crisis.
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki

Resources

9. PRESENTATIONS FROM CAPSEE AVAILABLE
Couldn’t make it to the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment’s (CAPSEE) September conference? Now you can download the presentations online. 
AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz

10. INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT FOR DACAMENTED AND UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS
The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education invites you to join a free webinar on supporting DACAmented and undocumented students. The webinar will be held November 12 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

Events and Services     

11. REGISTER FOR THE ANNUAL CONVENTION AND SAVE
Join AACC in San Antonio, Texas, April 18–21, 2015, for 95th Annual AACC Convention. Members can receive early-bird discounts by registering before January 23.
AACC Contact: Sarah Cale 

12. WORKFORCE REMIX
AACC’s Workforce Development Institute (WDI) will challenge you to rethink workforce and economic development partnerships and possibilities from new perspectives. Register now for this dynamic event, which will be held January 28–31, 2015, in Newport Beach, California.
AACC Contact: Jen Worth

Opportunities From Other Organizations

13. KICK-START YOUR SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS INITIATIVE
Legacy’s Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Community College Grant Initiative is offering an opportunity for 100 public community colleges across the nation to receive grants of up to $5,000 to support efforts to advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100% smoke-free or 100% tobacco-free campus policies.  Deadline to apply: November 13, 2014.
AACC Contact: Roxanne Fulcher

14. HELP CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP
Register today for Minding the Gap: Investing in a Skilled Manufacturing Workforce. The summit will be held November 18–19, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia, and will highlight effective training models that are successfully addressing manufacturing workforce needs. Minding the Gap will bring together national leaders from businesses, community colleges, workforce development agencies and organizations, and industry associations.
AACC Contact: Katya Nekrasova

15. GAIN KNOWLEDGE ON FSA
The 2014 Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals will be held December 2–5, 2014, in Atlanta Georgia. It is designed to provide the most up-to-date information on Title IV programs and evolving federal policies and procedures affecting customers and partners.
AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz 

16. GET THE LATEST ON IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION
Learn about the latest developments around immigrant integration and strategize with leaders at the highest level at the 7th Annual National Immigrant Integration Conference. This year’s event will be held in Los Angeles, California, December 14–16, 2014. 
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

17. GO GLOBAL
Going Global is an annual conference hosted by the British Council, which provides a forum for world leaders in education to network, debate international tertiary education issues and challenges, and to discuss creative, collaborative solutions. The conference welcomes leaders and practitioners within the tertiary education sector as well as education ministers, journalists, policymakers, and industry representatives. Going Global 2015 will take place June 1–2, 2015, in London. The theme is “Connecting Cultures, Forging Futures.”
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler

18.GRADS OF LIFE
The Grads of Life Public Service Announcement campaign aims to transform employers' perceptions of young adults ages 16–24 who are out of school, out of work, and without access to the economic mainstream—often referred to as opportunity youth. This comprehensive multimedia campaign encourages employers to rethink their hiring practices and equips them with the information and tools to find, cultivate, and train this great pool of untapped talent. Connect with the campaign online.
AACC Contact: Katya Nekrasova

 

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