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 AACC Letter 

May 3, 2016 | Issue #857

POLICY and ADVOCACY

1. ASK CONGRESS TO REINSTATE YEAR-ROUND PELL
Community college leaders are urged to contact their Congressional representatives and ask them to reinstate the year-round Pell Grants, using the program’s current surplus. With a large surplus projected for the Pell Grant program for the next several years, we face a unique opportunity to expand the Pell Grant program to enable more low-income students to attend college year-round. AACC Contact: David Baime

2. $100 MILLION FOR AMERICA’S PROMISE GRANTS
On April 25, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden announced the administration’s continued commitment to making community colleges tuition free through an investment of $100 million for America’s Promise Job-Driven Training grants. These competitive grants will be H-1B funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to create and expand innovative regional and sector partnerships and create more dynamic, tuition-free education and training programs for in-demand jobs across the country.  AACC Contact: David Baime

PROGRAM INITIATIVES

3. HAVE YOUR COLLEGE PROFILED ON AACC’S WEBSITE
Let us spotlight your college on our website! The Community College Spotlight offers member colleges an opportunity to have their institution featured on the home page of the AACC website. This is a free member benefit. AACC Contact: Tina Henry-Barrus

4. SEIZE THE MOMENT
Higher Ed for Higher Standards is looking for institutions that want to strengthen or deepen their partnerships with local high schools, with a focus on improving the preparation of incoming students to help drive down remediation rates.  If you are interested in taking part in this work, sign up. Questions? Send an e-mail. Learn more about college readiness programs in the report Seizing the Moment.  
AACC Contact: Tammy Reichelt 

GRANTS and PARTNERSHIPS

5. BUILD YOUR ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAPACITY
The Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship has announced the 2016 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program to help community colleges, universities, and other organizations build entrepreneurship and innovation capacity across their communities. A total of $15 million in federal funding is available this round. EDA strongly encourages potential applicants to take part in a post-launch webinar on May 5 at 2:00 p.m. (ET). The webinar will include a detailed overview of the program and answers to your questions. AACC contact: Jennifer Worth

NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING

6. “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER OPENS OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTHS”
The Obama administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative has led to a significant investment toward narrowing opportunity gaps for young men of color by tapping partners in business, communities and colleges, according to an annual report on the program. Get the details in Community College Daily.
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki 

7. “LAYING THE GROUNDWORK”
With AACC’s Pathways Project, have guided pathways come of age? Read about it in the April/May digital Community College Journal. All staff at AACC member institutions have access to the digital Journal with a simple log-in
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

8. “MEETING NEEDS THROUGH MIDDLE COLLEGE”
Grand Rapids Community College has an industry partner with its latest Middle College program. Learn about the program at the 21st Century Center.  
AACC Contact: Martha Parham

RESOURCES

9. AACC INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION TOOLKIT 
Want to incorporate international education into your college’s curriculum? The AACC International Education Toolkit can help. It includes talking points to change minds and win advocates for globalization at community colleges, case studies, and a fact sheet that provides basic internationalization statistics about the U.S. community college sector. 
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler

EVENTS and SERVICES

10. CALLING ALL FUTURE LEADERS!
The next AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute (Roueche-FLI) will take place June 27–30, 2016, in Washington, DC. Roueche-FLI is a leadership seminar designed for mid-level community college administrators who look to be leaders in their current positions or are ready to move into a higher level of leadership. The first 20 registrants will receive a free Dell tablet, thanks to the generosity of Dell, Inc. and their support of the academic mission and strategic direction of community colleges.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

11. HELP MAP INTERNATIONALIZATION
The ACE Mapping Internationalization Survey collects and analyzes data on the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities every 5 years. Take part, or e-mail ACE to find out if your college has already completed the survey. Extended Deadline: May 17, 2016. 
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler  

12. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
The Institute of International Education announced that it is now accepting applications for the Western Union Foundation Family Scholarship Program, which provides two members of an immigrant family, currently living in the United States, with a scholarship to support their education. Scholarships may be used for college tuition, language acquisition classes, technical training, and GED classes. Deadline to apply: May 25, 2016. 
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian  

13. LEARN ABOUT INNOVATION IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
The 2016 National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers Summer Workshop will take place June 8–10, 2016, in Kingsport, Tennessee. This year’s theme is “Innovation in Workforce Development: Building the 21st-Century Talent Pipeline.” 
AACC contact: Jennifer Worth

14. ADVANCING SUCCESS FOR MEN OF COLOR
The Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) invites you to their 2016 Working Group Meeting June 9–10, 2016, in San Diego, California. The meeting will include discussions on institutional capacity building and the development of strategic plans that advance success for men of color in community colleges. AACC Contact:  Kevin Christian 

15. CCA CONFERENCE 
The 2016 Community Colleges of Appalachia (CCA)  Annual Conference will take place June 12–14, 2016, in Asheville, North Carolina. The theme is “Strategic Partnerships: Creating Success and Innovation.” 
AACC contact: Jennifer Worth 

16. SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
The National Council on Student Development is calling for proposal for their 2016 National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 16–18. This year’s conference theme is “America’s Community Colleges: Sharpening Our Focus.” Deadline for submitting a proposal: July 1, 2016.  Proposals should have student development/student affairs focus.  
AACC Contact: Tammy Reichelt 

17. A NEW DAY FOR LATINOS
The National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) will host its 2016 Leadership Development Symposium in Coast Mesa, California, September 22–24. The theme of this year’s conference is “A New Day for Latinos in Community Colleges.”  
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

 

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