AACC news & notes

Upcoming events

STEM Thought Leaders’ Summit
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), will host an Equity and Inclusion STEM Thought Leaders’ Summit, October 23-26 in Washington, D.C. The meeting aims to broaden equity and access in STEM by sharing the promising practices and resources of the NSF’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program with a focus on strengthening STEM technician education programs at minority-serving institutions, rural colleges and community colleges new to the NSF ATE program. AACC seeks to engage community college faculty and administrator teams interested in learning about NSF funding opportunities and ATE resources used to recruit and retain underrepresented students, increase STEM completion rates and prepare students to meet workforce needs. The event includes access and full travel support for selected college teams to participate in the 2018 National ATE Conference. The application will be available July 19 with an August 20 deadline.

Register for regional AACC Pathways Workshops
Interested in work on guided pathways? Or has your college just begun that work? AACC will hold four one-day regional Pathways Workshops during the 2018-2019 academic year. Colleges are encouraged to send cross-functional leadership teams of five to seven individuals. Registration for each workshop is open to all AACC member colleges, but space is limited. Get the locations, dates and registration information here.

Aspring to the community college presidency?
The AACC Future Presidents Institute (FPI) is a four-day intensive program designed for senior leaders seeking to become community college presidents. Participants will engage in case studies, round-table discussions, problem-solving exercises and examine key leadership issues and success strategies. The next FPI will be held September 9–12 in Washington, D.C. Register by August 20.

Preparing for that next promotion?
AACC’s John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute (FLI) is an innovative seminar designed for mid-level community college administrators who are ready to move into a higher level of leadership. Participants will have the opportunity to hone leadership skills in critical areas such as change management, strategic planning and budgeting, shared governance and accountability.  The next Roueche-FLI will be held September 8-12 in Washington, D.C. Registration deadline is August 20. The John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute Scholarship is awarded to defray the cost of the registration fee for those who would not otherwise be able to attend.


Feature your college
The Community College Spotlight offers AACC member colleges an opportunity to have their institution featured on the home page of the association’s website. This is a free member benefit. Learn more.

News and publications

Two-year college students can benefit from research projects
Durham Technical Community College has recently seen great opportunities to develop undergraduate research opportunities for students. Learn more in this CC Daily article.

The leaders within
Faculty leaders draw upon past experiences and current motivation to brighten students’ futures. This story is featured in the June/July Community College Journal, available online.

A chance to MOVE up
Getting people to relocate to Wichita for job training and employment may get easier thanks to the Wichita Promise MOVE scholarship. Read about it at the AACC 21st-Century Center.

Grants news

Funding for child care on campus
The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program supports campus-based child care services. A competition for new CCAMPIS awards is currently open and community colleges that enroll large numbers of Pell Grant recipients are encouraged to apply. The deadline is July 24. The U.S. Department of Education recently held a webinar on CCAMPIS. You can view the slides here.

Opportunities from other organizations

Inviting innovative and agile solutions
Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future has opened its call for proposals that matches agile education solutions with community needs. P2T’s inclusive opportunity intentionally seeks to find solutions to higher education challenges, including alignment with K-12. Proposals are due August 31. Selected proposals will receive a $15,000 stipend for further development.


About the Author

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