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Department of Education Position Openings

The Iowa Department of Education is currently looking for individuals to fill two of the community college-related positions, and we think YOU would be the perfect fit! Currently, they are looking for an Education Program Consultant for Senior Year Plus to oversee all aspects of Senior Year Plus, Career Academy Incentive Fund grants, and the summer college credit program. They are also looking to fill an Executive Officer position; this position would serve as division project manager and would oversee projects involving multiple staff, contractors, and teams. They would also define project scope, goals, and deliverables, and establish project plans to ensure timely and high-quality completion. 

One Month Left to Submit Presentations for the 2024 ACCT Annual Leadership Congress

The 2024 Call for Presentations Closes May 24th for this year's annual leadership congress. The theme is "Community Colleges as Catalysts: Cultivating Skills for the Future," and there will be 5 tracks: collaborative solutions for workforce needs; technology supported innovations; enrollment strategies; creating inclusive, student-centered pathways for student success; and effective board governance: how to be a trustee. All of their sessions are 60-minute lecture-type presentations; however, they do recommend that presenters include interactive activities throughout the presentation to keep participants engaged. In order to have an eligible presentation, there must be at least one trustee as a presenter; the presentation must address one of the tracks; all presenters must register for the Congress; and the proposal must include a letter of support from the board of trustees of the college. Lastly, don't forget to register by the Early Bird Deadline of Friday, August 16th, for a great deal!

A Look at FY24 Community College Earmarks

In fiscal year 2024, community colleges across the country received a combined federal support of $201 million in earmark requests. Each request was hard to come by this year due to the House Appropriations ban on requests for Labor-, Health and Human Services-, and Education-related earmarks. Hawkeye Community College was amongst the top five amounts for FY24 federal earmarks, receiving $5 million for a smart automation and robotics center, requested by Representative Ashley Hinson. To see what other community colleges received earmarks and for what purposes, click here

Federal Community College Month Resolution

Last week, Co-Chairs of the Community College Caucus Reps. Joe Courtney and Gus Bilirakis, alongside a bipartisan group of legislators, introduced House Resolution H.Res.1145. The resolution designates April as Community College month, recognizing the invaluable role our institutions play in providing access to higher education, offering essential workforce training, and contributing to the overall economic prosperity of our nation. The Community College Caucus provides members of Congress with a platform to discuss issues impacting community colleges nationwide, enabling them to raise awareness about the unique role our institutions play in our educational and workforce development system. Expanding the caucus membership will fortify our advocacy efforts and amplify our collective voice on the federal level. 

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