August 11, 2017 | Issue # 094
This week, the AACC Board of Directors held its new board member orientation, retreat, and board meeting. We were delighted to have U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta address the board and engage in discussion with our members. Our board has agreed to provide Sec. Acosta with some detailed ways in which AACC and community colleges can work more closely with the Department of Labor in accomplishing many of its goals. Our new board chair Mary Graham presided over her first meeting. The board is off to a terrific start and we look forward to a productive year.
The reinstatement of year-round Pell grants is good news for community college students who otherwise had to take the summer semester off or find other ways to pay for that term. Read about it in CC Daily.
Rhode Island and Nevada removed a big barrier for community college students when lawmakers approved College Promise programs. Learn more at the AACC 21st Century Center.
Have you thought about serving on the AACC Board of Directors? The board will begin accepting nominations for consideration for the 2018 slate on September 1. Stay tuned for more details.
Share your knowledge at the 98th AACC Annual Convention. AACC is seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking in the field informed by outcomes that demonstrate success. Proposals must directly relate to one of the seven convention tracks. Deadline to submit: October 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m. (ET).
Congress is home for its annual August recess, and now is a great time to visit with your representatives and advocate for community college legislative priorities. AACC has prepared this document for your use in these efforts, focusing on three very active issues: federal funding in general and for the Pell Grant program in particular, and the future of the DACA program.
On August 2, I attended the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
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