March 8, 2019 | Issue # 133
On Wednesday, I attended the first meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. I am thrilled to be joined on the board by Jay Box, president of Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and Sheree Utash, president of Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology in Kansas. During the meeting, one thing became very clear: industry leaders recognize the value of community colleges in helping to close the skills gap. Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty highlighted working with community colleges on apprenticeships and Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about a partnership with Austin Community College (Texas) in developing coding skills. Video from the meeting is available here. I’m honored to be on the advisory board and to help represent community colleges.
Community colleges in New York are finding success with a program spearheaded by SUNY to re-engage students who “stopped out,” meaning they left college without attaining a credential. Learn more in this CC Daily article.
Through its Single Stop office, a North Carolina college provides food and much more to students. Read about it at the AACC 21st Century Center.
Convention housing must be booked by March 20. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email, which includes an icon with a bell that reads, “book housing.” Click on the “book housing” link to make your lodging request. To modify lodging, please reach out to our housing bureau ConferenceDirect (CD) between Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m. (ET) by calling (833) 210-8603 or by emailing AACC@conferencedirect.com. CD is the only authorized housing bureau representing AACC.
AACC is now accepting applications for Hail & Farewell recognition until March 22, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (ET). The Hail & Farewell Luncheon is the association’s opportunity to wish a fond farewell to retiring CEOs as well as hail new and 25-year CEOs. Held during AACC’s annual convention luncheon program, Hail & Farewell is a celebration of leadership.
The online schedule for the 99th Annual AACC Convention is available. You can search for sessions and plan out your convention experience.