January 3, 2019 | Issue # 153
Happy New Year! We have a lot in store for you in 2020. AACC will continue its pathways work and move forward with the Unfinished Business initiative, which focuses on closing equity gaps. But new projects are in the works, too. In accordance with our strategic goals for 2020, we’ll be partnering with other higher education organizations to launch a transfer initiative. Also, I look forward to a new project that aims to help with capacity-building at small and rural community colleges. More details will be coming soon.
As for our upcoming convention, take a look at the “Must Do” section for an opportunity to engage with vendors during a Speed Networking session—and receive a free pair of sunglasses.
The federally funded Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program may have expired last year, but it can serve as a model to help both workers and employers who are trying to navigate a rapidly changing economy. Learn more in this CC Daily article.
Liberal arts majors have much to contribute to the national workforce—including coveted science and technology jobs. Read about liberal arts and humanities programs at community colleges in the latest Community College Journal.
2020 Board of Directors Election in February
The election for the 2020 AACC Board of Directors will take place February 3–29. The designee for each eligible member institution will receive an email on January 31 which includes username and password information. Ballots will be emailed to each member on February 3 from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a particularly strong spam filter, please contact your IT staff in advance so that they can add the email extension to your white list of emails that you can receive. The slate including all individuals running for the board will be uploaded to the AACC website by January 17. Please make a note to review the list of applicants prior to the election.
Notices went out recently to those who submitted session proposals for the AACC convention. If your proposal was selected, please follow the instructions in the email notification to let us know if you still plan on presenting. The deadline to accept or reject your session is January 8.
AACC is seeking CEOs and vice presidents interested in learning about emerging trends and issues and engaging in the discussion around solutions to those issues. On Friday, March 27, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., AACC will host three 50-minute focus groups designed for companies and organizations to learn critical information about their solution’s applicability to the community college sector. CEOs and vice presidents who participate in these sessions will have their base registration fee waived or refunded immediately following the sessions. Come join us in helping to thoughtfully craft solutions to the sector’s most pressing problems. Register here.
Want to get a sense of the innovation in the community college space, but you’re short on time? Sign up for the opportunity to visit with several vendors in a short period of time. Speed networking will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Each CEO and vice president that signs up for speed networking will receive a custom sunglass fitting from Maui Jim (approximate value of $199). Speed networking is followed by a reception for all vendors and community college leaders. Space is limited for this opportunity, so sign up today! Notifications of individuals selected to participate will go out in mid-February.