January 21, 2022 | Issue # 204
On Thursday, I sent out an email about the U.S. Department of Education’s opens in a new windowannouncement about the new $198 million grant funds and new guidance on the use of American Rescue Plan funds. I’d like to reiterate how grateful we at AACC are for your advocacy and for the work you do everyday for the students you serve.
Next week, AACC will host its annual Workforce Development Institute. Community college workforce leaders will be joined by industry partners and representatives from federal agencies to reimagine workforce development. With supply chain disruptions in the news almost daily, it’s no surprise that companies (and the country) are looking to community colleges to rapidly train workers for jobs in transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, and more. Though our colleges have been providing training for this work for a long time, it’s important to look at how those jobs are evolving – and how employees are changing, too. How can programming and curriculum at our institutions change as well?
We’ve talked about the “future of workforce development” for a long time. Well, the future is here and we must be positioned to meet it head on.
What needs to change at our community colleges in support of disruption? opens in a new windowThis commentary piece from the Instruction Technology Council in CC Daily offers some suggestions.
Jefferson Community College launched the North Country Regulated Home Day Care Training Bootcamp in June 2021 to meet the demand for trained childcare workers in its community. Read how the program is helping the community in this AACC 21st Century Center opens in a new windowblog post.
AACC Board Election is Approaching
The election for the 2022 AACC Board of Directors will take place in February. In order to vote, your institution’s AACC membership must be current. Not sure of your college’s membership status? Email our opens in a new windowmembership teamcreate new email.
AACC has partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) to bring community colleges and their students the opportunity to work together with students from across the world to develop solutions to pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. For the first time, AACC member colleges will serve as the host institution for the virtual global gathering of Clinton Scholars later this spring. CGIU student scholars will have access to topic experts and influential leaders as they develop Commitments to Action to address issues like the pandemic, poverty, food, and housing insecurity, and climate change. Students can apply or be nominated. Students are encouraged to attend one of the opens in a new windowprospective student sessions. The deadline to submit the opens in a new windowapplication or opens in a new windownomination form is January 26. opens in a new window
Join us in New York City, April 30-May 3, for opens in a new windowAACC Annual! opens in a new windowRegister here so you can be part of this premier event. Session tracks are Campus Climate and Crisis Management, Closing Equity & Achievement Gaps, Institutional Operations, Recruitment & Retention, Student Success, and Teaching & Learning. All attendees must be fully vaccinated and be prepared to show proof of vaccination, and a daily negative health screening questionnaire to participate in AACC Annual.
The next opens in a new windowPeer-to-Peer session will take place February 9 at 2:00 p.m. (ET). The topic is “Covid Procedures, Policies, and Pushback at Your College.” This one-hour Zoom session is your chance to talk with other presidents about the challenges you’re facing and share solutions. opens in a new windowRegister now.