For Immediate Release
October 1, 2015
AACC Contact: Martha Parham
ACCT Contact: David Conner
Washington, DC – The American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Community College Trustees have issued a statement in response to the shooting that occurred Oct. 1 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon:
Today, a tragedy occurred at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. We are deeply saddened by these events, and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the shooting. Sadly, these types of occurrences are not unheard of at community colleges. We are committed to supporting on-campus safety and security measures at our colleges, with a priority emphasis on prevention whenever possible. While campus safety is of the utmost priority, due to their open nature, college and university campuses are susceptible to these types of events. There are still many questions surrounding what happened at Umpqua today, and it may take a while before we have answers. In the meantime, we stand with our friends at Umpqua Community College and offer them our full support.
As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for 13 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.
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