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Congress' Funding Cuts Will Hurt Community College Students and Stifle Innovation

Since the historic bipartisan CHIPS & Science Act was passed, community colleges’ role in the innovation economy has grown significantly. But Congress’s recent funding cuts to science agencies, including at the National Science Foundation (NSF), have jeopardized critical funding for community colleges and their ability to expand access to good-paying jobs catalyzed by CHIPS investments.

HEER Funding Kept Community Colleges Open and Students Enrolled

HEER funding during the pandemic provided community colleges the resources they needed to stay open.

The new kids on campus? Toddlers, courtesy of Head Start

And not just toddlers — infants and preschoolers too. A new effort aims to help the 4 million college students raising kids by putting Head Start programs on community college campuses.

Skills-Based Hiring: Creating Pathways for STARs in Maryland

In 2023, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) launched a partnership pilot program that focuses on increasing the effectiveness of skills-based hiring. Skills-based hiring takes an equitable and data-driven approach to how employers think about recruitment. ACCT's pilot program in the State of Maryland will lead to a comprehensive framework on how other states and organizations can make skills-based hiring go from pre-announcement to implementation.

Elevating Student Voice: Resources from the Non-Credit to Credit Alignment Lab

ACCT and ESG are pleased to help introduce and amplify the voices of students and institutional leaders focused on serving them, including profiles of six students who each attended colleges participating in NCAL and benefited from the work to build alignment between non-credit and credit.

House Committee Passes Workforce Pell & WIOA Reauthorization

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce advances the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act and WIOA Reauthorization, marking crucial progress for community colleges. The bills address key priorities, extending Pell eligibility and enhancing workforce development grants to bolster community college roles in meeting industry needs.
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