Advanced Technological Education
The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program provides grants to improve and expand educational programs to prepare skilled technicians to work in the high-tech fields that drive the U.S. economy. The program is Congressionally mandated and focuses on undergraduate and secondary school education. AACC hosts an annual ATE project directors' conference and sponsors an ATE mentoring program for community colleges.
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
AACC promotes increased access and success for the diverse community college population by securing increased federal and private support for colleges, and provides opportunities, resources, and information to improve student success, including persistence, retention, program completion, and transfer.
International Programs & Services
AACC's Office of International Programs and Services assists community colleges in promoting global awareness, responsibility, intercultural understanding, and engagement among students, faculty, staff, and decision makers. It also seeks to raise the recognition of the community college role in global education among key constituencies, nationally and internationally.
MentorLinks, developed with the support of the National Science Foundation, is designed for community colleges that could benefit from technical assistance and networking opportunities to improve undergraduate education that prepares technicians in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The Pathways Project
AACC has undertaken, with generous funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a national project focused on building capacity for community colleges to design and implement structured academic and career pathways for all of their students.
The Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center
An initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges, the SEED Center aims to advance sustainability and green workforce development practices at community colleges by sharing innovative models and resources, and building the capacity of community college administrators, faculty, and staff to grow the green economy. The SEED Center was launched in the fall of 2010.
Trades in Focus Community College Initiative
Trades in Focus is a collaborative initiative between AACC and W.W. Grainger, Inc., a leading broad-line supplier of facilities-maintenance products. The program is designed to promote awareness about the importance of industrial-trade professions, to highlight the corresponding training and skills that community colleges offer, and to underscore the opportunities for good jobs that industrial skilled-trade programs provide. Trades in Focus, in tandem with Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program, seek to provide students with greater access to technical education and skilled trades jobs.
Voluntary Framework of Accountability
The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) is the first national system of accountability specifically for community colleges and by community colleges. Leadership in the sector is defining the most appropriate metrics for gauging how well our institutions perform in serving a variety of students and purposes. The VFA will provide opportunities for colleges to benchmark their student progress and completion data against peers and to provide stakeholders with critical information on the colleges.
Workforce and Economic Development
Workforce and Economic Development brings together community colleges, offices of economic development, workforce boards, labor market entities, and other community organizations to improve the economic prosperity of business, workers, and communities. The Center provides technical assistance on collaborative practices, labor market analysis, and performance analysis in order to promote more integrated and interactive practices.