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 CEO to CEO Newsletter 

March 20, 2015 | Issue # 034

This week, Santa Fe College won the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The college used data and surveys to make changes that improved student success. Now, nearly two in three students graduate or transfer within 3 years. My congratulations to the college for truly being an example of excellence. And congratulations to two of our other member colleges, Lake Area Technical Institute and West Kentucky Community and Technical College, which were honored as finalists with distinction.

MUST READ

“A Plan for Success in Manufacturing Training”

Greenville Technical College (GTC) in South Carolina partnered with area manufacturers on the Center for Manufacturing Innovation. Learn how the center will help support the workforce needs of the area’s most vital sector and promote career pathways in this 21st Century Center article by GTC President Keith Miller.

“Santa Fe Gets the Aspen Prize”
In this Community College Daily article, learn about the reforms Florida’s Santa Fe College made to keep students on track to graduate with valuable degrees.

U.S.–Mexico Intern Program

This week, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to create the U.S.–Mexico Intern Program. The program seeks to expand academic exchange and internship opportunities for U.S. and Mexican college students and recent graduates.

MUST WATCH

Community College Innovation at Work

AACC received a $212,000 supplement to its current National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education grant to convene a boot camp this summer for the 10 student and faculty-mentor teams selected as finalists of the NSF Community College Innovation Challenge. Community college teams from across the country participated in the NSF challenge. Videos highlighting the community college semi-finalists are available on NSF’s website.

MUST DO

Register for AACC Webinar on College Text Book Costs

Over the past three decades college textbook prices have grown 812%. How are colleges approaching textbook affordability and how can your institution apply these promising practices? AACC will host a webinar on this topic March 24, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. (ET). Register online.

Convention Registration Ends Today

This is your last day to register in advance for the AACC Annual Convention, which will be in San Antonio, Texas, April 18–21, 2015. After today, only on-site registration will be available. 

WHERE'S WALTER

At the invitation of ACCT President Noah Brown and I, community college CEOs Doris Givens, Bryan Albrecht, and Dan Phelan joined us for a White House meeting on America’s College Promise on March 19. There were a number of other community college CEOs in attendance.  

Find out where else I've been.

 

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