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Contact: Martha M. Parham, Ed.D.
AACC Congratulates Cabinet Designates
Washington, DC – The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) congratulates Education Secretary-Designate Cardona and Labor Secretary-Designate Walsh on their approval from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).
“We look forward to working with Dr. Cardona and Mr. Walsh to continue to advance the work of the nation’s community colleges,” said Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO. “Community colleges are uniquely positioned to provide education and skills that are needed to rebuild the nation’s economy and workforce pipeline.”
The Senate HELP Committee approved the nominations today which will now be voted on by the Senate. The full Senate vote is expected soon.
“Our colleges and our students have been disproportionately negatively impacted by the global pandemic and we are anxious to work with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor to build on the great work that is happening at the nation’s community colleges and create new, sustainable programs to ensure that all Americans have opportunities to attain the skills and education needed to gain meaningful employment,” Bumphus continued. “We are reimagining how education and training works in this new environment which requires strong leadership. I am confident that Dr. Cardona and Mr. Walsh will effectively lead the nation’s efforts and will prioritize the needs of students and workers and I look forward to working with them.”
There are 1,051 community colleges in the United States that serve 11.8 million students in academic and workforce training programs.
As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for nearly 12 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s nearly 1,000 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. https://www.aacc.nche.edu/.