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 AACC Letter 

May 5, 2015 | Issue #845

POLICY and ADVOCACY

1. REGISTER NOW FOR THE AACC FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE WEBINAR
Join the AACC government relations team May 12, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. (ET) for a free webinar highlighting the top AACC legislative priorities. Issues include federal funding, the Pell Grant program, Higher Education Act reauthorization, and the America's College Promise proposal. Learn what you need to know to be an effective advocate for your college, or just to be well informed on the issues. There will be time for questions on these topics and more.

AACC Contact: Jim Hermes 

EVENTS and SERVICES

2. MOVE YOUR CAREER FORWARD
Gain the leadership skills you need to move your career forward at AACC’s John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, to be held June 21–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Also register for a special preconference session June 21 designed for women leaders: Getting to the Corner Office: Women in Leadership.

AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch 

3. REGISTER FOR PASI
The AACC Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) is an annual professional development program for CEOs and presidents of community colleges, providing intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position. PASI will be held July 18–21, 2015, in Austin, Texas.

AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch 

PROGRAM INITIATIVES


4. AACC CELEBRATES NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of Asian/Asian Pacific Americans to American history. In 1978, Congress passed a Congressional Resolution for APA Heritage to be celebrated during the first week in May.  In 1992, the celebration was extended through the entire month of May. Please share with AACC any programming that you campus is doing.   

AACC Contact:  Kevin Christian 

5. JOIN THE UPSKILL INITIATIVE
More than 100 leading employers—representing more than 5 million workers—and 30 national and local labor unions have made commitments to President Obama’s Upskill Initiative, a public–private effort to create clear pathways for workers in front-line jobs who may lack the skills or opportunity to progress into higher-paying jobs. The president and vice president are calling on more leaders to get involved, including from community colleges. Find more details and sign up to join through the Upskill website.

AACC Contact: Katya Nekrasova 

GRANTS and PARTNERSHIPS

6. GRANTS AVAILABLE TO HELP NATIVE YOUTH
The U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of an estimated $3 million in grants to help Native American youth become college- and career-ready. Five to seven demonstration grants ranging from $400,000 to $600,000 will be awarded to tribal communities before September 30.

AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz 

NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING

7. “SO WHERE ARE WE ON 50% BY 2020?”

A new AACC study projects it is likely that community colleges will come close to reaching the completion goal. Using data from the National Student Clearinghouse, AACC says community colleges are currently at about 22% of reaching the goal, but it estimates that colleges will reach 90% of their projected goal by 2020 and meet it by 2021. Read more in Community College Daily

AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki 

8. “USING DATA TO IMRPOVE ADVISING SERVICES”
At Northern Virginia Community College, GPS for Success addresses the needs of all incoming students under the age of 24, who had graduated high school within the past three years. Read more in the 21st Century Center.

AACC Contact: Martha Parham

OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS


9. FREE WEBINAR ON EQUITY PLANNING FOR MEN OF COLOR
Nationally, there has been an intensive focus on strategic planning that focuses on advancing equity outcomes for men of color. A free webinar on May 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (PT) will address how to develop equity plans that specify clear goals, objectives, interventions, and measures that can lead to success for men of color. This webinar is part of the schedule of activities for the National Consortium on College Men of Color.

AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

10. HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF ONLINE LEARNING
The Online Learning Consortium is accepting proposals for presentations for its 21st Annual International Conference, which will be held October 14–16, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the conference is “Shaping the Future of Online Learning.” Deadline to submit: May 12.

AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz 

11. NCIA WORKSHOP FOR ASPIRING CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICERS
Join the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) for an innovative workshop aimed at academic administrators, July 17–18, 2015, at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. “The Insight You Need to Navigate Upward” will further your understanding of the relationships between presidents and their chief academic officers. This is your chance to learn, engage, and network.  Deadline to register: June 1.

AACC Contact: Mary Heiss 

12. NCCHC CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) asks that you share your knowledge and expertise with your colleagues by submitting a proposal for a presentation at the 2015 Leadership Symposium. The symposium will be held September 17–19 in Ft. Worth, Texas.  Deadline to submit proposals: June 15.

AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

13. TWO OPPORTUNITIES IN INDIA

  • The U.S. Embassy India will bring five high-level officials involved in skills development from an Indian state administration to the United States to study the U.S. network of community colleges with the objective of developing expertise and contacts to help the state build a more effective vocational education system. The grantee would design and execute a structured 14-day study trip to the United States. Refer to funding opportunity number NDRFP16-06
  • The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, will fund a 4-day symposium in Chennai that will bring up to five representatives from leading community colleges in the United States to work with subject experts from Indian community colleges involved in curriculum development. Together, they will develop a standardized syllabus, using the American model, to be adopted in community colleges across India. Refer to funding opportunity number CRFP15-07
Deadline to apply for both: June 30, 2015.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler 
 

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