February 16, 2018 | Issue # 107
This week at the National Legislative Summit in Washington, DC, we heard from Labor Secretary Acosta about apprenticeship programs and how they can “position students for lifelong learning and lifelong earning.” I’m proud of the recognition community colleges are receiving for their role in the success of apprenticeship programs, and I’m excited to see the life-changing affect these programs are having on students.
The Trump administration’s budget plan for fiscal year 2019 continues to carry the president’s emphasis on workforce development—especially through apprenticeships—and would allow students to use Pell grants for certain short-term programs. Learn more in CC Daily.
The federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program can make a world of difference to student parents. Read about it at the AACC 21st Century Center.
The Trump administration recently released its plan for rebuilding America’s infrastructure. It includes a workforce development section that provides recommendations on expanding short-term Pell, targeting Federal Work-Study resources to community colleges, and improving career and technical education to “ensure our country has enough skilled workers to perform not only existing work but also fill the new jobs created by the bill.”
Through inclusive access models, institutions such as Copiah Lincoln Community College and Oakton Community College are implementing savings for students while providing first day access to required course content. Learn more during a free webinar, “Go for the Gold: Inclusive Access as a Win for All,” on February 28 at 1:00 p.m. (ET). Register now.
The Hail & Farewell Luncheon honors retiring CEOs, as well as new and 25-year CEOs. If you fit into one of these categories, submit a form by March 5 so AACC can recognize you. The Hail & Farewell program will take place at AACC’s convention. And don’t forget to register for the convention, taking place in Dallas, Texas, April 28–May 1.
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.
AACC has 10 commissions, which were established to provide advice to the AACC board and staff and to encourage collaboration among community college entities and organizations. Interested in serving on a commission? AACC is now accepting applications. CEOs, vice presidents/vice chancellors, associate/assistant vice presidents/vice chancellors, and provosts from AACC member colleges are eligible to apply. Appointments range from 1 to 3 years. Commissions meet twice a year. The deadline to submit applications is May 2.
At this week’s NLS, the board leadership and I spoke with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. Pictured with us are Jackson College President and Past Board Chair Daniel Phelan, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College President and AACC Board Chair Mary Graham.
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