July 11, 2014 | Issue # 017
Congress has been busy the past couple weeks. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is on its way to the president and the Higher Education Act reauthorization process is underway. You can read more about it below, and stay tuned for more advocacy and policy updates from AACC.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Passes the House
With a vote of 411-6, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support and no amendments. The Senate passed WIOA with a 95-3 vote on June 25, and now the bill heads to the president to be signed into law.
HEA Reauthorization Update
On a bi-partisan basis, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved three bills that alter certain aspects of the Higher Education Act (HEA), representing a piecemeal start to the House’s formal HEA reauthorization process. Read about the three bills on AACC’s website. The current intention is for the full House to pass the bills before the August recess.
“All Together Now: A Team Approach to Better STEM Education”
The soft skills students learn by working together socially are just as valuable to employers as the hard technical skills often honed in labs and textbooks. This article at the 21st Century Center offers tips for designing a well-rounded STEM education program.
“Colleges Reach Out to Foster Youths”
The Great Expectations program, administered by the Virginia Community College System, is one of several initiatives across the country aimed at helping youths who grew up in foster care make the transition into higher education. Read more about these programs in Community College Daily
Nominate Your Outstanding Alumni
AACC is accepting nominations from member institutions for the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards will be presented at the 95th AACC Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, April 18–21. Deadline for receipt of entries is September 12, 2014.
On July 8, I met with Vice President of Programs Emily Froimson of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in Washington, DC. The next day, I met with Daniel Hamburger, president and CEO of DeVry Education, and Tom Babel from DeVry University.
Find out where else I've been.