AACC news & notes

Policy & advocacy

ED expanding Pell for prisoners program
The U.S. Education Department is launching a new Federal Work-Study pilot program that will include apprenticeships, as well as expanding the Second Chance Pell pilot program that allows eligible inmates to use Pell grants for a college education. Learn more. And click here to learn how your institution can participate in Second Chance Pell.

Upcoming events

Aspiring to the presidency?
The AACC Future Presidents Institute (FPI) is designed for senior leaders aspiring to the community college presidency. Participants will engage in case studies, roundtable discussions, problem-solving exercises and more. The next FPI is June 17–19 in Washington, D.C. Register now.

Professional development for presidents
The 2019 Presidents Academy Summer Institute will focus on issues of critical importance to success in the role of the community college president. Join AACC July 13–16 in Atlanta.

News & social media

A K-16 pathway
In Milwaukee, three partners are working to serve urban populations with an open-access mission and philosophy. Read about it at the AACC 21st Century Center.

Infusing diversity and inclusion into the curriculum
Incorporating diversity into the curriculum is vital to student engagement. This Community College Journal article has tips for doing that.

Program initiatives

Improve your technician education programs with MentorLinks
AACC is pleased to announce a national grant competition for the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program, developed with the support of the National Science Foundation. MentorLinks is designed for community colleges seeking to improve technician education programs in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields. Selected colleges will receive $20,000 for the two-year grant period and travel support for the project director to attend three project meetings. The deadline to apply is June 7.  Interested in becoming a MentorLinks mentor? Learn about that here.

Help for rural community colleges
Interested in learning more about how to plan and compete for federal grants? Attend a Rural Community College Grant Application Convening co-hosted by the U.S. Education Department and AACC. Bring questions and take home contact information as well as ideas on how to become more financially successful. Three meetings will take place this summer. Register to attend the event nearest to your college:

  • June 6–7 at Gateway Technical College in Racine, Wisconsin. Register here.
  • July 18–19 at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, New Hampshire. Register here.
  • September 12–13 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Biloxi, Mississippi. Register here.

Opportunities from other organizations

Apply for the New Workforce Professionals Academy
The National Council for Workforce Education is accepting applications for the 2019–2020 New Workforce Professionals Academy. The year-long program helps new workforce education professionals attain the knowledge and skills to achieve success and advance more quickly as future leaders and is delivered by workforce education professionals. Applicants must be in their current position less than three years or have recently been assigned additional responsibilities. June 14 is the deadline to apply.

ED webinars for student loan borrowers
The U.S. Education Department (ED) is offering two webinars this month focusing on federal student loan repayment and forgiveness. On May 22, the topic is “Finding the Right Federal Student Loan Repayment Plan.” Borrowers will learn how to manage student debt and explore repayment options. On May 30, the topic is “Understanding the Basics of Public Service Loan Forgiveness.” Borrowers will hear information about the public service loan forgiveness program, including the requirements to qualify. A webinar recording will be available within two weeks after the event for students and borrowers here and for college access professionals here.

Apply for Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Grants
ED invites applications for new awards under the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. The grants are designed to help Hispanic-serving institutions expand academic offerings, improve program quality and increase institutional stability while enrolling large numbers of Hispanic and low-income students. The new awards will range from $500,000 to $600,000 and will be for five years. The deadline is July 15.

About the Author

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