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Washington, D.C. - The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) commend Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) for their inclusion of a provision to reinstate Year-Round Pell Grants in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.

For community college students, the Federal Pell Grant program remains by far the most important student aid program. Pell Grants assist more than seven million postsecondary students each year, and approximately one-third of these students attend community colleges. Pell Grants represent the federal government's commitment to ensuring that qualified students from all income levels are able to afford college.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Tomorrow, Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors Chair-Elect Bakari G. Lee, Esq. will deliver the commencement address to the 47th graduating class of Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J.

"Bakari Lee is an accomplished and inspiring leader," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. "He is an aspirational figure for Bergen's graduating class and continuing students, exhibiting a true commitment to the mission of community colleges and to his home state of New Jersey."

 
 
April 25, 2016 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is pleased to share with the nation's community college leaders that the White House today will announce a new $100 million competition to advance the drive to make a community college education universally available and connect Americans to in-demand jobs. 
 
Congressional State Visit Toolkit

ACCT's comprehensive toolkits are used by community college trustees, presidents and other leading advocates to advance federal- and state-level advocacy efforts. Download and share the toolkits (PDF format) from this page, and consider adding these toolkits to your board and executive meeting agendas and distributing printed copies to your college's leading advocates. If you have any questions about community college advocacy, contact us at publicpolicy@acct.org.
 
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WASHINGTON-Tomorrow, the Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its official cost estimates for the Pell Grant program. Based on projections from January, we anticipate that the official baseline will project a significant surplus for the Pell Grant program over the next several fiscal years. Given the scale of the anticipated surplus, we are concerned that Congressional appropriators may identify the Pell Grant program as a source of funds to be diverted to other priorities. The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) urges Congress to maintain support for the Pell Grant program and to block attempts to rescind or reallocate surplus funds.

Campus security is a top priority for all colleges, and college boards and presidents are charged with the great responsibility of safeguarding the entire campus community. Today's colleges have to be ready to react at a moment's notice to any suspected or active security risk, and this can only be done by putting proper policies and action plans into place and regularly reviewing and rehearsing necessary steps so that they will become second nature.
 
Testimony to House Committee on Education and the Workforce emphasizes importance of supporting America's College Promise, access to student aid & repayment reform; objects to "skin in the game."
 

1 in 2 students surveyed in new study reveal current or recent mental health challenges 


Dr. Jill Biden, center, speaks about America's College Promise 
with (from left) Anne Kress, Kyle Lierman, Martha J. Kanter, and Helen Benjamin.
Washington, D.C. - Feb. 10, 2016 - United States Second Lady and Northern Virginia Community College Instructor Jill Biden stressed the importance of making community college free to all during the first day of  the 2016 Community College National Legislative Summit, sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges. 

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