President Trump today signed an Executive Order aimed at increasing the availability of apprenticeship programs. The order instructs a number of federal agencies to promote the growth of apprenticeships and make related federal programs more effective. Community colleges have long played a substantial role in sponsoring and providing the educational component of registered apprenticeship programs. Read More »
AACC President and CEO Walter Bumphus, along with ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown, has written a letter of endorsement for the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act to the House and Senate sponsors of the bill. The legislation would enhance the Pell Grant program in a number of ways long supported by AACC, Read More »
The Trump Administration yesterday released its FY 18 federal budget proposal, entitled A New Foundation for American Greatness. This is the President’s first full budget request, following a spending outline or so-called “skinny budget” released earlier this spring. The budget includes deep cuts to federal investments in education, job training and other community college priorities. Read More »
AACC has endorsed Senate legislation that would create a federal postsecondary education unit record data system, also linking it to post-college earnings. AACC has long supported legislation along these lines and is encouraged by this important development. Download the letter of support.
In a major victory for community colleges and their students, the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill released today by Congress reinstates year-round Pell Grants beginning with the 2017-18 award year. Restoration of year-round Pell has been a top AACC priority since its elimination in FY 2011.The omnibus bill funds federal agencies through September 30. Starting Read More »
576 organizations, including many community colleges, today sent a letter urging Congress to strengthen Pell Grants and protect other student aid programs when making funding decisions this year. AACC helped to draft and disseminate the letter for sign-ons. The letter’s signees include a wide swath of colleges and universities, education associations, student and public interest Read More »
The Trump Administration today released its FY 18 federal budget outline. The budget outline provides an early, concrete indicator of the priorities of the new administration. The plan contains deep cuts to federal investments in education, job training, and other community college priorities. This so-called “skinny budget” is a precursor to a full budget proposal Read More »
AACC and ACCT sent a joint letter to the Senate supporting key legislation reforming federal graduation rates. Download the letter as a PDF.
The AACC government relations team held a webinar to discuss key issues prior to the National Legislative Summit. Webinar PowerPoint Presentation
The AACC government relations team held a webinar to discuss key issues and planning for the presidential transition and 115th Congress. Additional resources: Webinar PowerPoint Presentation 2017 and Community Colleges Joint Legislative Agenda for the 115th Congress