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 AACC Letter 

August 5, 2014 | Issue #836

Policy and Advocacy   

1. PRESIDENT SIGNS WIOA, WHITE HOUSE RELEASES JOB TRAINING PLAN
President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22. AACC supported this bipartisan legislation, which earlier this summer passed Congress by overwhelming margins. Also, following up on his 2014 State of the Union Address pledge to have Vice President Biden engage in a review of federal job training programs with an eye towards better aligning them and ensuring that they are “job-driven,” President Obama released the results of that review. For more details, visit AACC’s website
AACC Contact: David Baime
 

Program Initiatives 

2. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION NOW FOR THE 2015 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
The application period for the 2015 Awards of Excellence (AOE) is open. AOE celebrates the truly extraordinary work being done at AACC member colleges. Award winners will be announced April 20, 2015, during the gala hosted during the annual convention. This year’s categories are emerging leadership, student success, advancing diversity, faculty innovation, exemplary CEO/board, and outstanding corporate/college relationship. A new category, community college safety planning and leadership, also has been added.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

3. JOIN AACC IN BEIJING
Join AACC's U.S. delegation to the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) World Congress, October 24–26, 2014, in Beijing, China. Register now to participate in the China–U.S. Presidents Dialogue, CEO-to-CEO networking reception, and other activities, workshops, and sessions. Early bird deadline: August 27, 2014. Delegates are encouraged to self-nominate their institution to win a WFCP Awards of Excellence, reserve space in the Technical & Vocational Education and Training exhibit hall, and sponsor one or two students to participate in the International Youth Camp.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler 

4. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN EXPERIMENTAL SITES
The U.S. Department of Education is inviting colleges to apply for participation in any of the proposed experiments under the Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI). Participating colleges would receive waivers from certain Title IV HEA statutory or regulatory provisions to test alternative methods for administering the federal student aid programs. Categories for the ESI include prior learning assessments, competency-based learning, limited direct assessment, and Federal Work Study for “near-peer” counseling. Deadline to apply: September 29, 2014.
AACC Contact: Laurie Quarles
 

News and Social Networking         

5. “ENROLLMENTS DIP, BUT DEGREES INCREASE”
Colleges and universities saw a drop in enrollment between 2011–12 and 2012–13, with public 2-year colleges seeing the bulk of those decreases, according to analysis of new federal data. But there is some good news: 2-year colleges are awarding more degrees. Read more in Community College Daily
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki


6. “IN GOOD STANDING”
Community colleges with student loan default rates of 30% or higher must create default management plans to lower the rate. Learn more in the June/July digital Community College Journal. All staff on AACC member campuses have free access to the digital magazine with a simple login. And download the Journal app to your Kindle, Apple, or Android mobile device. 
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore
 

Resources           

6. LEARN STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT MEN OF COLOR
The Minority Male Community College Collaborative will be hosting a free webinar September 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (PT). The webinar, Supporting Men of Color in the Community Colleges: Teaching and Learning Strategies for Classroom Faculty, will focus on promising teaching and learning strategies that classroom faculty can use to support their success of men of color.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian
 

Events and Services

7. ANSWER THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Share your innovative programs and promising practices with community college leaders from across the country. Submit a proposal to present at the AACC 95th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, April 18–21, 2015. Deadline to submit: September 29, 2014.
AACC Contact: Sarah Cale 

Opportunities From Other Organizations 

8. HELP STUDENTS AIM FOR THE STARS
Encourage your students to become a National Community College Aerospace Scholar (NCAS). Scholars work on projects and share ideas with NASA engineers, educators, and scientists. NCAS is having two informational webinars on August 11, at 9:00 a.m. (CT) and at 4:00 p.m. (CT). Application deadline: August 18, 2014.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

9. CRD TO HOST EXECUTIVE INSTITUTE FOR FUNDRAISING LEADERSHIP
Join the Council for Resource Development (CRD) in Prescott, Arizona, for the Executive Institute for Fundraising Leadership, September 23–24, 2014. Designed specifically for teams of community college presidents, trustees, volunteers, and development professionals, the institute provides a unique opportunity to build a common vision for successful resource development at your college. Leave with a set of strategies, adapted to your institution, to increase your capacity, effectiveness, and efficiency.
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss 

10. THIRD ANNUAL MEN OF COLOR STUDENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The Presidents’ Round Table of the National Council on Black American Affairs (PRT) will host the third annual Men of Color Student Leadership Institute, October 16–19, 2014, near San Francisco, California. The institute is an intensive leadership seminar for selected men enrolled in community colleges across the country.  For additional information, contact Sharon Blackman with PRT. Deadline to apply:  August 22. 
AACC Contact:  Kevin Christian 

11. ACCELERATE LATINO STUDENT SUCCESS
Excelencia in Education is hosting the Accelerating Latino Student Success Workshop in Washington, DC, October 1, 2014. Experts, practitioners, and grant makers from across the country will reveal their ideas and knowledge in a full day of information and interactions.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

12. APIASF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is currently accepting applications for the  Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program.  Each award will range between $2,500 and $5,000 for the 2014–15 academic year and students must be enrolling at a participating institution. Deadline to apply: October 15, 2014.  
AACC Contact:  Kevin Christian 

13. NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR FEE WAIVER PROGRAM
Community colleges who participate in the National College Fair Fee Waiver Program have the opportunity to exhibit at the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) National College Fairs free of charge. Participants have the chance to meet with thousands of college-bound students and their parents, increase the visibility of their institutions, and more. Fee waivers for the spring 2015 season are due October 31. For more information, contact Sarah Lucas with NACAC. 
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

14. SKILL UP WITH MSSC
The nationwide, industry-led Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) invites community colleges to integrate MSSC courses in a for-credit or a non-credit format for students seeking an MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) or Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification. As well, MSSC provides opportunities to work with secondary schools in this sector.
AACC Contact: Katya Nekrasova

 

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