Press Release

Protecting the Mental Health of Rural Community College Students

Protecting the Mental Health of Rural Community College Students: Creative Innovations in Challenging Times

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

August 17, 2022

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Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a steady stream of events (e.g., socio-political unrest, economic stressors, systemic racism, health disparities) that have created enormous pressure on higher education to sustain their mission and to support their students adequately. These pressures have been particularly sharp for community colleges in rural areas. The primary aim of the presentation is to provide an up-to-date overview of the challenges and a summary of feasible student support innovations that can be implemented and sustained in rural community colleges.

2022 ACCT Regional Awards Recipients Announced

August 15, 2022

Regional Awardees to Compete for National-Level Recognition at ACCT Leadership Congress in October

 

Latest Action in Washington Live

August 2022 Edition

August 11, 2022

Join ACCT's Public Policy and Government Relations Team for a recap of Congressional activity that took place in June and July, where community college priorities stand, and what we can expect to see in the remaining months of the 117th Congress.

Community Facilities

Community Facilities

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

July 13, 2022

This session will provide an overview of USDA Rural Development resources that may be of interest to rural community colleges. The Community Facilities Program team will discuss funding opportunities for community college infrastructure and capacity building assistance. They will discuss eligible rural areas and how to access more information from Rural Development’s network of 400+ state and area offices located throughout the country. The Community Facilities Program provides affordable funding to develop more than 100 different types of essential facilities in rural communities.

Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
The webinar is available to watch on-demand below with the accompanying presentation slides. 

Speaker Information

Jamie Jamie DavenportDavenport
Special Projects Coordinator, Community Facilities Program
USDA Rural Development

Jamie Davenport is a Special Projects Coordinator for USDA’s Community Facilities Program. The Community Facilities Program provides affordable loan and grant funding to support the creation and improvement of essential community facilities. Jamie previously served as Director of Partnerships in the Rural Development Innovation Center, promoting cross-agency collaborations and identifying best practices in economic development. Before joining Rural Development, Jamie spent eight years at the Small Business Administration where she managed loan and grant programs to increase access to capital among underserved populations. Originally from Illinois, she received her Master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Tech and her Bachelor’s in Economics from Illinois Wesleyan University.

 

In partnership with:

RCCA

Rural Peer Learning Network Opportunity

The Rural Peer Learning Network serves in conjunction with our monthly webinars and is an opportunity to learn directly from other rural community colleges. This is an opportunity for rural community colleges to learn about the process of applying for community facilities grants and potential tips from current/previous grant recipients.

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Please review the details and access the article about the Rural Community College Peer Learning Network: Sharing Community Facilities Grants Experiences discussion here.

ACCT to give away 25 complimentary board services this year.

Thank you for entering.

July 5, 2022 to August 15, 2022

ACCT members were invited to submit an application for a complimentary one-day board training or retreat by the August 15 deadline. 

ACCT Launches Center for Policy & Practice

New Center Dedicated to Implementing Community College Policy Solutions

June 27, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) today announced the formalization of the new Center for Policy and Practice at ACCT.

Rural Health Grants

Rural Health Grants

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

June 15, 2022

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) coordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), FORHP has department-wide responsibility for analyzing the possible effects of policy on residents of rural communities. FORHP also administers grant programs designed to build health care capacity at both the local and State levels. This session will provide you with an overview of the community-based grant programs offered by FORHP, tips on how to get involved with FORHP-funded rural health programs in your community, and share information about other important rural health resources.

Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
The webinar is available to watch on-demand below with the accompanying presentation slides. 

Speaker Information

Amber Amber BerrianBerrian
Deputy Director of the Community-Based Division
HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy [FORHP]

Amber Berrian is the Deputy Director of the Community-Based Division within HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), where she leads the development and implementation of CBDs competitive program portfolio and coordinates several high-priority strategic operations activities. Since joining FORHP, Amber has worked to develop program policies that support health care system redesign, capacity building and infrastructure development for rural health networks. Amber earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology/Physiology from the University of Maryland and Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from The George Washington University.

Allison Hutchings
Deputy Director of the Rural Strategic Initiatives Division
HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy [FORHP]

Allison Hutchings is the Deputy Director of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s Rural Strategic Initiatives Division. In this capacity, she helps oversee the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, a $575 million initiative that provides community-based grants and technical assistance to rural communities addressing SUD and other behavioral health needs. Prior to working at HRSA, she held positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan think tank in Washington, DC, the Department of Justice, and Save the Children-India. She holds an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

In partnership with:

RCCA

Rural Peer Learning Network Opportunity

The Rural Peer Learning Network serves in conjunction with our monthly webinars and is an opportunity to learn directly from other rural community colleges. This is an opportunity for rural community colleges to learn about the process of applying for rural health grants (i.e., Health Profession Opportunity Grants) and potential tips from current/previous grant recipients.

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Please review the details and register for the Rural Community College Peer Learning Network: Sharing Rural Health Grants Experiences discussion here.

Applying for USDOL Grants

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

April 20, 2022

The Association of Community College Trustees in partnership with the Rural Community College Alliance held the Applying for USDOL Grants webinar on Wednesday, April 20 at 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The focus for this webinar was on tips for applying for federal grants of interest to rural community colleges at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA).

Topics that were covered during the webinar include:

  • ETA Grants
  • Tips for Applying
  • Information about grants of interest to rural community colleges (e.g., SCC, Apprenticeship, youth grants with a community college focus)
  • Utilizing a consortium-based approach  

Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
The webinar is available to watch on-demand below with the accompanying presentation slides. 

Speaker Information

Cheryl Cheryl Martin Martin
Program Manager, Community Colleges Competitive Grants
U.S. Department of Labor, ETA Division of Strategic Investments

Cheryl Martin is the Program Manager for Community College Competitive Grants, for the Division of Strategic Investments (DSI) at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA).  She and her team currently manage the Strengthening Community Colleges (SCC) and Scaling Apprenticeship (SA) grant programs, and previously managed the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.  Cheryl earned her MBA from the University of Maryland at College Park, and also has previous experience working in the non-profit education association sector and with poverty-related legislative and advocacy efforts.

AyreenAyreen Cadwallader Cadwallader
Public Administration and Strategic Communications Professional
U.S. Department of Labor, ETA Division of Strategic Investments

Ayreen Cadwallader is a public administration and strategic communications professional supporting employment and training grants at the Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration. She is responsible for administering and managing several H-1B Skills Training grant programs. Prior to joining ETA in 2016, Ayreen worked in local government at Seattle City Light and the City of Long Beach. She received her master’s degree in public administration as a National Urban Fellow at Baruch College and an organizational communications degree from California State University, Long Beach.

DawnDawn Murphy Murphy
Workforce Specialist
U.S. Department of Labor, ETA Division of Strategic Investments

Dawn is a Workforce Specialist for DOL-ETA’s Division of Strategic Investments. Dawn recently joined the DOL-ETA team after serving as a community college Associate Dean and after over 15 years’ experience in the administration of federal and state workforce development grants for community colleges. In her role at DOL-ETA she provides Technical Assistance and Coaching for Strengthening Community Colleges grantees.

ZodieZodie Madonnen Makonnen, M.Ed.
Workfoce Analyst
U.S. Department of Labor, ETA Division of Strategic Investments

Zodie Makonnen, M.ED., is a Workforce Analyst in the Division of Strategic Investments (DSI) at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA). She is currently the program lead for the Scaling Apprenticeship (SA) grant program and grant programs, and has previously served as the program lead for the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI). Ms. Makonnen also manages numerous technical assistance contracts that support DSI grant programs. Prior to joining ETA, Ms. Makonnen worked at several consulting firms conducting program monitoring and evaluation, project management, and qualitative and quantitative research. Ms. Makonnen earned a Masters in International Education from Harvard University.

In partnership with:

RCCA

With funding made possible by:

Gates

ACCT Statement on President Biden's FY2023 Budget Request

Contact Carrie Warick-Smith: cwsmith@acct.org

March 28, 2022

March 28, 2022 - Today, President Biden released his budget request for fiscal year 2023. This budget was released on the tails of the completion of the fiscal year 2022 funding bill, where the Department of Education received a 6% increase.

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