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Introduction from Emily Shields

This week, four Iowa Community Colleges participated in the ACCT National Legislative Summit. We were able to connect with all of Iowa’s Congressional delegation through staff or the members themselves. We shared our federal legislative agenda, focusing specifically on the need to expand Pell to short-term training programs. That provision was passed in the House COMPETES Act the week before last and has now gone to the Senate. At the Iowa Capitol, budget discussions moved forward on K-12 aid in particular, which the Senate proposed to fund at 2.25 percent.

Alliance for Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee

Today’s the last day to make nominations for our new Alliance for Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee. The primary responsibility of the Steering Committee is to determine what trends are occurring statewide and to address them by creating statewide DEI initiatives and developing DEI resources to best support the colleges. Nominations can be submitted at

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