July 12, 2019 | Issue # 141
There has been a lot in the news recently about apprenticeships. AACC is continuing its work on the Expanding Community College Apprenticeships initiative. I’d like to congratulate the colleges chosen to participate in the project. To see the list of colleges, click here. This is a large initiative and the end goal of training 16,000 registered apprentices is daunting. That’s why we’ve hired a great team to run the initiative, led by Executive Director of Apprenticeships Cheryl Olson, who has a wealth of experience in the community college workforce development area. You can view the rest of the ECCA staff here. As the initiative moves forward, we’ll keep you updated on its progress.
For students who started college in fall 2017 at two-year public institutions, the persistence rate was 62.3 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from the prior cohort year, and up 1.3 percentage points in comparison to the fall 2009 cohort, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Learn more in CC Daily.
Sustainability efforts have led to student learning experiences at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Read about it at the AACC 21st Century Center.
In late June, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its proposal for a new apprenticeship structure that would run in tandem with its registered apprenticeship program. The industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs) would complement registered apprenticeships, DOL said. More information is available here.
Save the Date
In 2020, AACC will celebrate its 100th birthday. Mark your calendars for the 2020 AACC Annual Convention, March 28-30 at National Harbor, Maryland. You won’t want to miss the celebration!
On July 9, we had a visit from our friends at Community College of Rhode Island. Pictured with me are (L to R): Amy Kempe, CCRI’s director of marketing and communications, and CCRI President Dr. Meghan Hughes.