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 AACC Letter 

October 7, 2014 | Issue #838

Policy and Advocacy     

1. USDA WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU
Rural community college leaders are invited to participate in a meeting at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on October 9, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. (ET) in Washington, DC. The focus of the meeting will be on how USDA Rural Development’s loan and grant programs can better assist community colleges. For those who would like to join the meeting via conference call, a call-in number will be provided. Interested parties must RSVP to USDA Rural Development by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 8.
AACC Contact: Laurie Quarles
 

Program Initiatives 

2. SUBMIT NOMINATIONS NOW FOR THE 2015 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
AACC’s Awards of Excellence celebrates the truly extraordinary work being done at AACC member colleges. The 2015 award winners will be announced April 20 at the AACC 95th 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. Deadline for nominations: November 28.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

3. JOIN VFA
Sign-up is now open for Year Two of the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA). Join your colleagues in this landmark initiative that gives community colleges better measures of student outcomes and is telling the community college story for the first time. All colleges that join by November 3, 2014, will receive 10% off of VFA’s annual dues.
AACC Contact: Dawn Cullity 

4. STAY CONNECTED WITH AACC’S LEADERSHIP SUITE
Are you a graduate of the Future Leaders Institute, Future Leaders Institute/Advanced, or Future Presidents Institute? The AACC Leadership Suite wants to connect with you to keep you informed of events and resources especially for institute alumni. Don't miss out on valuable information and opportunities. Complete a 5–10 minute survey, and join the LinkedIn alumni group to stay connected.
AACC Contact:
Jennifer Tinch

5. SHARE YOUR STEM-BASED SOLUTIONS
The National Science Foundation invites teams of community college students to identify key problems and propose innovative solutions in the areas of big data, broadening participation in STEM, sustainability, improving STEM education, and infrastructure security. Finalists will be invited to an Innovation Boot Camp and compete to win cash prizes. Deadline to submit: January 15, 2015, via the challenge website
AACC Contact: Ellen Hause

News and Social Networking 

6. “FINAL TAACCCT GRANTS AWARDED”
The Obama administration announced that 71 community colleges will receive a total of $450 million in job training grants, capping a program that has disbursed nearly $1.5 billion to 2-year institutions to strengthen and expand job-driven training partnerships. Read more in Community College Daily.
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki

7. “CREATING PATHWAYS FOR STUDENTS TO COMPLETE DEVELOPMENTAL MATH”
A Texas-based New Mathways Project aims to change the way colleges approach remedial mathematics education. Read about it in the 21st Century Center
AACC Contact: Angel Royal
 

Resources               

8. HIGH IMPACT PRACTICES FOR LATINO STUDENTS
The 2014 Examples of Excelencia recognizes selected programs in higher education at all levels, as well as at community-based organizations. The compendium contains a summary of the four Examples of Excelencia, the 15 finalist programs, and the 10 honorable mention programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian
 

Events and Services   

9. REGISTER NOW FOR WDI
At AACC's Workforce Development Institute (WDI), you can sit shoulder-to-shoulder with companies and foundations committed to partnering with community colleges. Registration is limited, so sign up now to join us in Newport Beach, California, January 28–31, 2015.
AACC Contact: Jen Worth 
 
10. BE AN EARLY BIRD AND SAVE
Registration is open for the 95th AACC Annual Convention, in San Antonio, Texas, April 18–21, 2015. Register by January 23 to receive the early-bird discount.
AACC Contact: Sarah Cale 

11.  NATIONAL SUMMIT ON THE REDESIGN OF DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION
AACC will host the National Summit on the Redesign of Developmental Education, February 1–3, 2015, in Washington, DC. The summit will be a major next step in helping colleges understand the research on high-impact practices shown to improve outcomes for incoming college students who are not college-ready. The design of the event calls for the engagement of teams of five members from 25 colleges currently at work on redesign efforts. More details are available online. Contact Angel Royal to apply.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal
 

Opportunities From Other Organizations   

12. WEBINARS HELP STUDENTS WITH STUDY ABROAD
U.S. Department of State-sponsored Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program will be holding two webinars focused on community college students. The webinar on October 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. (ET), will focus on possible obstacles that community college students face when thinking about studying abroad and possible challenges encountered while on the program. The webinar on October 17, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. (ET), will provide information about the program and offer tips for applicants. For questions and to RSVP, contact Sarah Bartfeld.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler 

13. INTERNATIONALIZATION EFFORTS RECOGNIZED
Two organizations have awards programs to recognize internationalization efforts on community college campuses. Nominations for NAFSA’s 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization are due by October 15, 2014. Apply for IIE's Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education in the Internationalizing Community College Campus category by October 17, 2014.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler 

14. NCBAA HOSTS FALL CONFERENCE FOR SOUTHERN REGION
The National Council on Black American Affairs–Southern Region will host its 2014 Fall Conference in Houston, Texas, October 23–25.  Hosted by the Lone Star Community College District, this year’s theme is “African-Americans in Education: Are We Fulfilling Our Mission?”  The conference will feature a number of stimulating presentations, plenary sessions, panels, and networking opportunities.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian    

15. CREATE NEW PATHWAYS FROM EDUCATION TO EMPLOYMENT
The Close It Summit is a national call to action to address issues critical to building new pathways from education to employment for young adults, veterans, transitioning workers, low-skilled workers, working learners and recent graduates. Community colleges are invited to join the summit in Washington, DC, October 26–28, 2014, to learn more and discuss these issues with national thought leaders.
AACC Contact: Kathryn Jo Mannes 

16. SIXTH ANNUAL STUDENT DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Community college leaders and students are invited to attend the Sixth Annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference, November 1, 2014, hosted by North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. The theme, “Building an Appetite for Diversity,” will engage practitioners and students in thought-provoking conversations and highlight best practices in diversity and student leadership training.  For more information, contact Terry Lindsay.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian   

17. NAEYC STUDENT NETWORKING CENTER
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) will host Early Childhood College students from across the country at the annual NAEYC Conference and Expo, November 6–8, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.  For more information, contact Bill Strader.   
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss 

18. GAIN INSIGHT ABOUT RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Council for Resource Development’s 48th Annual Conference will be November 6–8, 2014, in Washington, DC. There will be sessions for presidents and those that work with alumni relations, grants, and foundations. Hear Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of AACC, speak on the 21st-Century Implementation and the Next Big Things. 
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss 

19. APPLY FOR PROMISE ZONES DESIGNATION
The Obama Administration launched the second Promise Zones competition to create economic opportunity in high-poverty communities. Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide are invited to put forward a plan to partner with local business and community leaders to make evidence-based investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity. The deadline for submitting Promise Zone applications is November 21, 2014. 
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

20. LEARN TO COACH ADULTS WITH ASPERGER’S SYNDROME
Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome is a workshop designed specifically for career counselors, coaches, vocational rehabilitation specialists, clinicians, and other professionals who want to be better equipped to guide these students. Workshops are being held October 8, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia, October 16, 2014, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and January 9, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore
   

 

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