FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2019
Contact: Dr. Martha Parham
AACC president and CEO will advise President Trump’s National Council for the American Worker
Washington, DC – Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, has been appointed to serve on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board (Advisory Board). The Advisory Board was formed to advise the National Council for the American Worker (NCAW) established by President Trump last year. The NCAW is charged to create a comprehensive national workforce strategy to ensure that America’s workers are equipped to succeed in the jobs of today and of the future.
The Advisory Board will advise the NCAW in the development and implementation of a national, holistic workforce strategy to ensure that America’s students and workers have access to affordable, relevant, and innovative education and job training.
Bumphus will represent the nation’s community colleges that provide critical workforce education for millions of students across the country.
“I am honored to represent community colleges in this important work,” said Bumphus. “Inherent to the mission of our colleges is the notion of providing access to educational pathways that lead to employment that earns a family-sustaining wage. Our community colleges are providing training that creates a pipeline of skilled workers benefitting local and regional economies. Working on a national model will allow regional successes to be replicated and scaled to ensure greater access to affordable and relevant career and technical educational opportunities.”
The Advisory Board is comprised of experts appointed from diverse fields and organizations. In addition to community colleges, members include representatives from Fortune 500 companies, universities, trade associations, organized labor, nonprofits, and government. Recommendations made by the Advisory Board will help guide the NCAW’s work to establish a national campaign promoting education pathways, recommend specific actions for improving labor market data to better identify needed skills and competencies for obtaining meaningful work, and increase transparency and public/private investments in education.
“I am ready to get to work,” Bumphus continued. “Community colleges are uniquely positioned to play a pivotal role in closing the American skills gap and I look forward to working with and across all sectors to advance educational opportunities and successes for all Americans.”
As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for 12 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s nearly 1,200 member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.