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The information below represents the latest Advocacy news items from the AACC Letter.  The AACC Letter is a bi-weekly newsletter delivered to AACC members containing news from all offices and programs at AACC.

 

06/25/2009 - House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Marks up FY 2010 Bill

The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to mark up its Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 bill during the week of July 6.  Members of Congress need to hear from their community college constituents about the importance of funding programs, including the Pell Grant, TRIO and GEAR UP, Strengthening Institutions (Title III-A of HEA), Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Community-Based Job Training Grants.  For more information, click here (see May 29 letter link to AACC web site document). 

AACC Contact: Laurie Quarles

House Will Vote American Clean Energy and Security Act, H.R. 2454 

This legislation would create a market-based cap and trade system designed to spur the adoption of higher energy efficiency standards and greater reliance on renewable energy sources.  AACC has been working to increase Congressional support for alternative energy job training programs as well as for funding for environmental education. 

AACC Contact:  Laurie Quarles

 6/12/2009 - Contact AACC Regarding Department of Labor Stimulus Funds

AACC wants to hear about your experiences with Department of Labor stimulus funds.  In March, the Department of Labor released over $3 billion in Workforce Investment Act formula funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  ARRA provided new authority for workforce investment boards to enter into contracts with training providers to quickly and more effectively spend the stimulus funds, and DOL urged the WIBs to do so in their guidance.   Has your college entered into a contract with the local workforce investment board to provide training services?  What types of programs do they cover? Has your college received funding for summer youth programs?  Have there been barriers to obtaining contracts? 

Please provide your feedback to Jim Hermes, AACC Senior Legislative Associate, at jhermes@aacc.nche.edu

 5/29/2009 - The Department of Education Announces its Intention to Engage in Further Changes to Key Student Financial Aid and Related Regulations

To do this, the department will establish "negotiated rulemaking" committees. The department is planning to make modifications to regulations on: satisfactory academic progress; gainful employment in a recognized occupation; state authorization as a component of institutional eligibility; definition of a credit hour, for purposes of determining program eligibility status, particularly in the context of awarding Pell Grants; verification of information included on student aid applications; and definition of a high school diploma as a condition of receiving federal student aid. The department anticipates that these committees will begin negotiations in September 2009.  Before that, three regional meetings to gather input will be held, two of them on community college campuses (Community College of Philadelphia and the Community College of Denver).  These potential modifications are of great importance to community colleges and their students, and AACC plans to be integrally involved in the process.
AACC Contact: David Baime

 5/29/2009 - Encourage Your Senators and Representatives to Cosponsor the Development  Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. 

The DREAM Act, which grants certain undocumented students a path to citizenship and gives states the authority to grant these students in-state tuition, has been reintroduced by Sen. Richard Durbin (S. 729) and Rep. Howard Berman (H.R. 1751). The bills currently have 22 and 62 cosponsors, respectively, and new cosponsors are added weekly.  AACC and other supporters would like to see as many names on the cosponsor list as possible, so please contact your congressional representatives and ask them to add their support to the DREAM Act today. To see an up-to-date list of cosponsors, visit http://thomas.loc.gov and search for the DREAM Act.
AACC Contact: Jim Hermes

 5/29/2009 - The House-Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Will Draft FY 2010 Bill

It is essential that members of Congress hear from their community college constituents about key funding priorities, including the Pell Grant, TRIO and GEAR UP, Community-Based Job Training Grants, Strengthening Institutions (Title III-A of HEA) and Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE). For more information, click here.
AACC Contact: Laurie Quarles

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