May 14, 2021 | Issue # 187
AACC Digital kicked off last week with some timely and informative sessions. I’m thrilled we’re able to offer this professional development opportunity for community college professionals in a safe way, and I hope those who are attending sessions each week find it valuable. Just a reminder that if you haven’t registered, you can still do so and access the sessions from May 5, 6, 12, & 13 at your leisure.
The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and its 12 two-year colleges are using data collected in a publicly accessible dashboard to improve equity and student success. Read about it in CC Daily.
Paid, hands-on research opportunities are central to a program at El Paso Community College. Learn about the RISE Bridge Program in the AACC 21st Century Center blog.
We just finished Week 2 of AACC Digital, but we still have a lot of sessions and events coming up on May 19, 20, 26, & 27. You can register to access past sessions on-demand, including my conversations with America Ferrera and Aaron Rodgers, and tune in live to upcoming sessions, as well as events such as the Hail & Farewell, Awards of Excellence ceremony, and a conversation with Misty Copeland, the first African-American female principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre. Register here.
We have, unfortunately, had to cancel the 2021 Presidents Academy Summer Institute, which was to take place in Toronto. But mark your calendars for the 2022 PASI, which will take place July 11-14, 2022, in Dana Point, California.
Increasing COVID-19 Vaccination Sites
AACC sent out a request to specific community colleges at the request of the White House to determine their interest in serving as mass vaccination sites, if they are not already doing so. We are pleased that we can assist the Administration with increasing the number of opportunities for students and members of the communities that we serve to be vaccinated.
The Division of Diversity & Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Project MALES initiative. El Paso Community College President and AACC Board Chair William Serrata provided remarks at the online event. You can see his remarks here.
On May 7, AACC Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Analysis David Baime appeared on C-SPAN to talk about President Biden’s proposal for two years of free community college. Watch it here.
Apply to Serve on an AACC Commission
There are nine commissions authorized by the AACC Board. You can apply now to serve on one of these commissions. The deadline for applications is May 31 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).
AACC and ACCT members are invited to a webinar featuring Acting Assistant Secretary of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper on May 17 at 1:30 p.m. (ET). Dr. Cooper will present on ED’s implementation of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and related guidance relevant to community colleges and the students they serve. Allocations by institution and detailed
As part of AACC Digital, we featured a great discussion with actress and advocate America Ferrera on May 6.