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This morning, President Trump released his initial request for funding for fiscal year (FY) 2018. While not the full budget request expected later this spring, early details appear to be at odds with the President's promise to provide for "...a Government that puts the needs of its own people first."  
The proposed budget includes a 14 percent cut to the Department of Education and a 21 percent cut to the Department of Labor, including raiding the Pell Grant Account by $3.9 billion, and eliminating Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) program that supports 380,000 community college students.  

New Survey of over 33,000 students in 24 states reveals significant life challenges that impede academic persistence and completion.

State, Province, and Territory Coordinators Network


(E-mail Coordinators by clicking on their names.)

Vice Chair (Facilitator): Connie Hornbeck, Iowa Western Community College, IA

Central Region

Regional Chair Vernon Jung, Moraine Park Technical College, WI

Illinois: Barbara Oilschlager, College of Lake County (Term Exp. 07/2019)

Indiana: VACANT

Iowa: Moudy Nabulsi, Southeastern Community College (Term Exp. 07/2019)

Kentucky: VACANT

Michigan: Mary Kay Thayer, Monroe County Community College (Term Exp. 07/2019)

Nominations for the 2017 ACCT Awards is now open! The deadline to apply is June 5, 2017. Submit here.

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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."