September 11, 2020 | Issue # 170
Today we look back and remember those individuals that lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001. Further, we keep the families who lost their loved ones in the attacks in our hearts. Though the attacks took place 19 years ago, we all remember vividly where we were during this horrific time in American history. And, while the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the ability to hold the annual memorial service here in Washington, DC, at the scale of previous years, which saddens us, we hope that the families take comfort in knowing that across the country, we are all sitting still, and thinking of them and those that they lost on this solemn occasion. Wherever you are today, I encourage you to take a moment of silence to honor the lives cut short through this senseless tragedy.
Get a look at some of the available data to get a sense of the effects of COVID-19 on the community college sector in this CC Daily article.
A program at Harper College helps Latinx students and their families navigate college. Read about it at the AACC 21st Century Center blog.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, AACC will move the commission, board committee, and board meetings, which would be held in November, from face-to-face to virtual. The meetings will be scheduled for the week of November 9-13, 2020. If you are a commissioner, please continue to check your email for communication from your AACC staff liaison regarding specific instructions for participating in the meetings. Due to the increased security measures for online meetings, commission and board committee meetings remain closed meetings.
The AACC Workforce Development Institute 2021: Adjusting Through Adversity will be held entirely online. Please stay tuned for more details in the coming month.
In 2021, AACC will hold AACC Live (our annual convention) April 11–14. And, the association will launch its new AACC Digital in May 2021. AACC Digital will take place each Thursday in May from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (ET). Please check the AACC website in the next 2 weeks for specific details on award nominations, proposal submission guidelines, and other pertinent details.
The process for nominating individuals for consideration for inclusion on the 2021 slate for the AACC Board of Directors and the Presidents Academy Executive Committee opens today. The AACC Board acts on behalf of the institutional members to create and maintain a vision for AACC and to determine and ensure that the organization adheres to appropriate standards of performance. The Presidents Academy Executive Committee was created by the AACC Board of Directors to advise the AACC president and CEO and AACC Board of Directors on professional development training for CEOs. Individuals may nominate or self-nominate for consideration. Candidates must hold the position of CEO of an institutional member college to be considered for the AACC Board or Presidents Academy Executive Committee. Nominations may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit nominations is October 5, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. (ET).
The AACC Historical Gallery was planned for release at the 2020 AACC Annual Convention. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference was cancelled. We’ve converted the content into a virtual gallery to commemorate the 100th anniversary of AACC. The gallery is a chronological walk through the inception of AACC in 1920 to the present. Check it out here.
Yesterday, we recognized the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients. You can view that event online here. On September 17, we’ll broadcast the Awards of Excellence. Register to attend (virtually) here.
As a member of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, AACC has supported the FindSomethingNew.org campaign. Showcase your programs on the site by submitting up to three educational pathways for workers seeking to reskill and get back to work.
I was so honored this week to be recognized by the American Council on Education with the 2020 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award. Thank you to ACE President Ted Mitchell and others at ACE who selected me for this great honor. You can read more about the award and see an interview I did with Ted online here.