AACC news & notes

Policy and advocacy

AACC proposes infrastructure funds for community colleges
In a joint letter to congressional leaders, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees called on Congress to dedicate a portion of any infrastructure package to community college facilities and workforce development programs.

Upcoming events

Cowboy up for student success
Don’t forget to register for the AACC Annual Convention April 28 to May 1 in Dallas. The convention offers unprecedented professional development as well as the opportunity to network, share and learn. Register today.

Register for PASI
Summer will be here before you know it, and so will the Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI). Join AACC in Dana Point, California, July 21–24 for this professional development opportunity. PASI is for CEOs of community colleges, providing intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position.

For future leaders
The next AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, or Roueche-FLI, will take place June 24–27 in Washington, D.C. It’s aimed at mid-level community college administrators, including faculty, who look to be leaders in their current positions or are ready to move into a higher level of leadership. Funding is available to help cover the cost of the institute. Also happening June 24–27 is the Future Presidents Institute for senior leaders aspiring to the community college presidency.

Beyond the booth
Join AACC Corporate Partner Lincoln Electric April 11–12 in Cleveland for “Exploring Beyond the Booth,” a summit intended help community college executives position their college as a leader using cutting-edge welding information, strategies and assets. It will highlight several industry sectors and opportunities and showcase resources and models of success. For more information and to RSVP, contact AACC’s John Dyer.

Program initiatives

AACC celebrates Women’s History Month
AACC honors the significant contributions and achievements that Women have made in U.S. and world history. We are interested in learning what community colleges are doing to celebrate Women’s History Month. Please share what your campus is doing by emailing AACC’s Kevin Christian.

News and publications

Open for business
More community colleges are focusing on improved customer service to attract and retain leaders. Learn more online in the February/March issue of Community College Journal.

Coming together to support veterans
The end of funding wasn’t the end of one college’s drive to support student veterans. Read about it at the AACC 21st-Century Center.

Opportunities from other organizations

For students: DHS hosts cybersecurity webinar
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites students and recent graduates interested in cybersecurity careers to participate in the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Cybersecurity Webinar on March 29. This free webinar will feature a panel of NPPD employees who will share their experiences in cybersecurity and career paths at NPPD. Human resource officials will explain the federal application process and highlight NPPD career pathways for students and recent graduates. Register online.

2018 Black, Brown and College Bound Conference
The 2018 Black, Brown and College Bound Conference will take place March 24–28, in Tampa, Florida, at Hillsborough Community College. Noted as one of the preeminent forums to address issues facing Black and Latino males in higher education, this summit brings together college students and practitioners to engage in dialogue surrounding critical issues, best practices and successful strategies for student success.

Supporting women leaders
The American Association for Women in Community Colleges’ (AAWCC) LEADERS Institute June 10–15 at Brookdale Community College in Red Bank, N.J. The institute aims to prepare women leaders for career opportunities, career advancement and executive-level leadership positions, including the presidency. It’s based on the AACC Core Competencies for Community College Leaders.

Internationalize your campus
The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program enables colleges and universities to bring visiting scholars from abroad to campus for a semester or academic year. Scholars lecture and interact with students, faculty and other members of the campus and local community. This is an excellent way to internationalize your curriculum, campus and community. Preference is given to community colleges. Interested? More information will be provided during a webinar on April 16.

About the Author

Tabitha Whissemore
is a contributor to Community College Daily and managing editor of AACC's Community College Journal.