February 2, 2018 | Issue # 106
On Monday, I had the pleasure of meeting with Rep. Virginia Foxx to discuss the PROSPER Act. We articulated to the Congresswoman those areas of the legislation that concern community colleges. The biggest takeaway is that the PROSPER Act is not set in stone. Rep. Foxx emphasized that she is open to hearing thoughts about the bill from stakeholders—particularly community college advocates. You can read more about the meeting below.
In closing, I know that many of you either watched the State of the Union address or had the opportunity to read the article in Inside Higher Education today regarding President Trump’s comments about the need for vocational schools. Ironically, I am just returning from a very successful Workforce Development Institute, where we had an enormous focus on the very programs in which the president referenced. We were joined by Department of Labor Senior Policy Advisor Diane Jones in signing a significant MOU for apprenticeship training. My plan in the coming days is to engage with the White House staff to provide information on the important role that community and technical colleges play in the economic and workforce development of our country.
Read more about the meeting I had with Rep. Foxx in CC Daily.
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AACC will host a free webinar on February 7 at 3:30 p.m. to provide you with an up-to-date briefing on the federal policy issues that will be featured at the 2018 National Legislative Summit (NLS). Whether or not you plan to attend the NLS, you can log into the webinar to learn what you need to know about this year’s legislative and regulatory agenda including DACA, federal funding, the Pell Grant program, Higher Education Act and Perkins CTE Act reauthorizations, and more. Register online.
Voting is now open for member CEOs to elect new AACC directors. Voting credentials were emailed on January 30, and ballots were sent from firstname.lastname@example.org on February 1. Voting closes February 28 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Questions? Contact Dr. Angel Royal.
Don’t miss out on the hottest event of the year: the AACC Annual Convention. Register now, and check out the pre-convention workshops, which feature something for every leader. Please also note that individuals scheduled to speak as a part of the convention agenda must register to attend the event or as a speaker only.
Is there a faculty member at your institution who goes above and beyond the call of duty? Nominate him or her for the new AACC Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty recognition. AACC will accept one faculty nomination from each member college. Distinguished Faculty recipients will be honored at a private reception on April 29 at the AACC Annual Convention and will receive a 15% discount off the faculty registration rate for the convention. Nomination deadline: February 15, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. (ET).
Diane Jones, senior policy advisor to the U.S. labor secretary, and I signed an agreement for AACC and the Department of Labor to work together on expanding apprenticeships.
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