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 AACC Letter 

July 7, 2015 | Issue #847

POLICY and ADVOCACY

1. FEDERAL FUNDING LEGISLATION MOVES FORWARD
The House and Senate appropriations committees have approved their respective versions of the FY 16 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which funds most of the education, workforce training, and other programs of importance to community colleges. See AACC’s synopsis for further information. AACC Contact: Jim Hermes

2. “MAKING A SHIFT IN THE PUBLIC WORKFORCE SYSTEM”
July 1 marked the day that many of the provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) took effect. A blog post from the U.S. Department of Education provides an update. AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz

GRANTS and PARTNERSHIPS

3. NSF STEM SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES
The National Science Foundation announced its latest round of solicitations for the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (S-STEM) to address the need for a high quality STEM workforce. The S-STEM program provides higher education institutions with funds for student scholarships to encourage and enable low-income, academically talented students with demonstrated financial need to enter the workforce or graduate study following completion of associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in STEM.  Deadline to apply: September 22, 2015. AACC Contact: Ellen Hause

NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING

4. “RURAL COLLEGE SEES BIG GAINS”
East Central Community College in rural Mississippi logged a 62% increase in pre-baccalaureate associate degrees awarded from 2014 to 2015 by making a few high-impact, low-cost changes. Read more in Community College Daily. AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki

5. “GAME PLAN”
Colleges share a page from their playbooks that addresses the looming leadership crisis, in the June/July issue of the Community College Journal. Log in to read more. All staff at AACC member institutions have access to the digital Community College Journal. AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore

6. “MINN. COLLEGES, COMPANIES TEAM UP TO FILL SKILLS GAPS”
As the workforce ages, Graco and other manufacturers look to local colleges for the next generation of workers. Graco relies on Minneapolis Community and Technical College and other area colleges to help recruit and train a new generation of machinists for jobs. Read more in the 21st Century Center. AACC Contact: Martha Parham

RESOURCES

7. BEYOND FINANCIAL AID
Lumina Foundation released a new guidebook, Beyond Financial Aid, designed to help 2- and 4-year postsecondary institutions close attainment gaps for low-income students. It describes six college-tested strategies for helping low-income students overcome the significant challenges created by limited financial resources.
AACC Contact: David Baime

EVENTS and SERVICES

8. JOIN THE AACC DELEGATION TO CHINA
AACC will lead a delegation to Beijing, China, October 23–25, 2015, to attend the China Annual Conference for International Education (CACIE), the annual conference of the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). This year’s theme is “Going Green: Schools, Businesses and Communities.” Learn more online. Deadline to register: July 31. AACC  Contact: Wayne Wheeler 

OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

9. NCAN CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON ACCESS TO ATTAINMENT
The 2015 National College Access Network (NCAN) National Conference, “Leading the Way from College Access to Attainment,” will take place September 28–30, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Attendees will learn and share strategies for helping more students succeed in postsecondary education. AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz

10. NSPA 2015 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) invites community colleges to its 2015 national conference, October 12–14 in Charleston, South Carolina. The conference theme is “Weaving Cultural Awareness into Scholarship Administration: Celebrating Differences and Fostering Communication.” NSPA is offering a special pre-conference workshop, The Race Institute for Scholarship Providers. AACC Contact:  Kevin Christian

11. 2015 MEN OF COLOR STUDENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The Presidents’ Roundtable of the National Council on Black American Affairs is accepting applications for its 2015 Men of Color Student Leadership Institute. The institute will be held October 29–November 1, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, e-mail Marshall Washington. The deadline for student applications is July 15. AACC Contact:  Kevin Christian

 

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