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February 10, 2014 From the Desk of Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO                Issue #830
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COMMUNITY COLLEGE DAILY If the U.S. is to preserve the middle class and compete economically against other countries, it must move beyond just “endorsing” career and technical education and start supporting it through resources and other actions, according to the chairman and CEO of Snap-on.

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HAIL & FAREWELL
The Hail & Farewell Luncheon is an opportunity to wish a fond farewell to retiring CEOs as well as hail new and 25-year CEOs. If you or a CEO that you know fit into one of the categories that AACC is honoring,let us know. The 2014 program will occur April 6 in Washington, DC, at the AACC Annual Convention.
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The latest DataPoints shows that higher education credentials lead to lower unemployment rates and higher incomes.
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POLICY and ADVOCACY

1. RECENT NATIONAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENROLLMENT AND AWARD COMPLETION DATA
AACC has put together a report examining the trends behind the decrease in national community college enrollments using the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Student Clearinghouse.
AACC Contact: JJ Juszkiewicz

2. REGISTER NOW FOR PASI
The 2014 Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) is an opportunity for CEOs/presidents of member community colleges to engage in professional and personal development and renewal focusing on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position. Special separate sessions will be designed for spouses/partners. PASI will be held July 19–22, 2014, in Napa Valley, California. Space is limited to 50 presidents, so register today.
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch

GRANTS and PARTNERSHIPS

3. NEW SCHOLARSHIP FOR DREAMERS
TheDream.US is a $25-million scholarship fund that will award full-tuition college scholarships to 1,000 DREAMers in the next academic year. DREAMers are undocumented students, who entered the country as children and graduate from American high schools. The fund was created as a response to the ineligibility of these students for Pell Grants and other federal student aid. In the first year of the program, students who receive an award can use it to attend one of a select group of pre-approved colleges by the organization. The list of pre-approved colleges is online.
AACC Contact: Laurie Quarles

NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING

4. “WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO HELP THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED”
To help the long-term unemployed attain the skills they need to find good-paying jobs, the Obama administration will award grants to scale up innovative partnerships among employers and non-profits, including community colleges. Read more in Community College Daily.
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki

5. “PUTTING BIG DATA TO WORK”
Detailed reports help colleges design smarter workforce education programs. Read about it in the December/January Community College Journal. All staff on AACC member campuses have free access to the digital magazine with a simple login. And download the Community College Journal app to your Kindle, Apple, or Android mobile device.
AACC Contact: Sarah Lawler

RESOURCES

6. VOLUNTARY FRAMEWORK OF ACCOUNTABILITY: WEBINAR SCHEDULE
Want to learn more about the VFA? Have you been doing the VFA and have questions? Join AACC for one of these targeted webinars:

Click here for full descriptions and to register.
AACC Contact: Bernadette Ferro

EVENTS and SERVICES

7. DON’T MISS THE MOST VALUABLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE EVENT OF THE YEAR
As a valued AACC member, the association would like to extend our appreciation by offering you a special gift. Be one of the first 20 registrants to enter coupon code AACCLetter when you register online for AACC’s 94th Annual Convention, to be held April 5–8, in Washington, DC, and you will receive a one-of-a-kind water bottle at the meeting. (Offer expires March 3. New online registrations only.)
AACC Contact: Delinda Frazier

8. AACC CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
AACC honors the significant contributions and achievements that Black Americans have made in U.S. and world history. We are interested in learning what our colleges are doing to celebrate Black History Month. Please share what your campus is doing by e-mailing Kevin Christian.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

9. EXAMPLES OF EXCELENCIA
Examples of Excelencia is the only national data-driven initiative focused on identifying and recognizing programs/departments with evidenced-based practices that increase Latino student success in higher education. In 2014, one program at each of the following levels will be recognized as Examples of Excelencia: community-based organizations, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. Selected programs will receive a $5,000 financial award to be used to support the program, and more. Submit nominations by April 25.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

10. DIVERSIFYING THE PIPELINE
The American Council on Education is currently recruiting participants for its Spectrum Executive Leadership Program, a 6-month program designed to prepare senior administrators from underrepresented groups to be strong candidates for presidencies and chancellorships. The application deadline is February 14, 2014.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

11. MAPPING THE NATION
Make the case for global learning at your institution and in your community with Mapping the Nation, a new interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly 1 million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler

12. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR NAFSA CONFERENCE
NAFSA is offering Impact Scholarships for the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo in San Diego, California, May 25–30, 2014. Up to 30 scholarships for complimentary registration will be awarded to first-time attendees from community colleges and associate colleges, historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges and universities. Deadline to apply: April 7.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

13. PROFESSIONALIZING EDUCATION ABROAD
The Forum on Education Abroad certification program combines workshops, assignments, and a culminating project which will provide colleagues with education and training, and certify that they are able to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler