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Betsy DeVosWashington, D.C.--This morning, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addressed community and technical college leaders from throughout the United States at the 2017 Community College National Legislative Summit hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges.

The 2017 Community College National Legislative Summit kicked off with calls for continued advocacy as a new administration arrives in Washington.
“This is a time for optimism, a time to think about what is possible, and a time to do the work we’re capable of doing,” ACCT President & CEO J. Noah Brown told attendees during Tuesday’s keynote luncheon. 
“As community colleges, we have worked very well with Republican administrations and Democratic administrations, and I’m very confident we are going to have a good relationship with this new administration,” added Walter G. Bumphus, AACC president and CEO. “We have a lot to offer… but more than ever we’re going to need all of you in the room to take the message to the Hill.” 
WASHINGTON, DC - February 15, 2017 - The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in partnership with The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) and in collaboration with the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office (CCCCO) today issued a new report that takes a unique look at federal and state financial aid, academic preparation, and college transfer and completion for students across California's 113 community colleges.

On January 31, ACE and 46 other higher education associations sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly on maintaining the United States as the destination of choice for the world’s best students, faculty and scholars.

This letter was sent in light of President Donald J. Trump’s executive order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  The letter affirms the importance of international students and the need to ensure the United States remains the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest students, faculty and scholars.

Along with ACE, associations signing the letter include:

Dear President-Elect Trump:

On behalf of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), which represent the presidents and trustees of the nation’s 1,108 community colleges, we urge you to maintain the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program is of vital importance to thousands of our institutions’ students.

DACA provides an educational and career pathway for undocumented young people, many of whom have no ties to, or even memories of, the countries from which they came. As open access institutions, community colleges serve students from all walks of life, and that diversity contributes to greater unity in the communities that we serve. It is a core part of our mission to provide opportunity to all students, and DACA helps support that mission.

WASHINGTON-The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is excited to share that Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced a statewide program to make two years of community college education available tuition free for all Community College of Rhode Island students.
Raimondo"We are encouraged by Governor Raimondo's announcement," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. "The nation's community colleges have always been driven by the principle that all students deserve access to two years of high-quality higher education. College Promise programs diminish the financial barriers that too often get in the way of students' potentials." 
Today, Education Commission of the States released 10 new policy briefs focused on the interaction between state- and federal-level policies pertaining to higher education. ACCT Senior Policy Analyst Colleen Campbell and Policy Analyst Ivy Love co-authored one of the series briefs, which serves as a resource for community college leaders.
Leveraging Community Colleges in the Workforce and Innovation and Opportunity Act is a blueprint for taking a federated approach through which federal, state and local policymakers, educational institutions, and the nonprofit and private sectors come together to build a better system.
Other topics in the series include:

Earlier this month, ACCT President & CEO J. Noah Brown participated in the 2016 Association of Colleges (AoC) annual conference in Birmingham, England.

There, he spoke with United Kingdom further education news organization FE News about US and United Kingdom community college/futher education systems, apprenticeships, and how Brexit and the 2016 American election could affect community and further education.


Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released data that detail the typical earnings of career-training program graduates. This is the first data release under the new Gainful Employment regulations, which went into effect last summer. The overall findings show that community colleges are producing the bulk of certificate completers and that graduates of certificate programs are largely working in well-paying fields.

"All students enroll in college with the intention of succeeding," said Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) President and CEO J. Noah Brown. "This new information from the Education Department is a testament to public colleges' dedication to student success over the last few years in spite of limited resources."