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Phi Theta Kappa: Celebrating the All-Iowa Academic Team - March 2

At the Embassy Suites (101 E. Locust St, Des Moines) 

5:30 p.m. - Registration & Social

6:00 p.m. - Seating Begins

6:30 p.m. - Dinner & Keynote

7:00 p.m. - Awards and Ceremony

An invitation flyer that reads: you're invited! Join us for a celebration of the 2021 All-Iowa Academic Team. March 2, 2022. Registration and Social 5:30 p.m. Seating begins 6 p.m. Dinner and Keynote 6: 30 p.m. Awards Ceremony 7:00 p.m. Embassy Suites, 101 E. Locust St. Des Moines. Hosted by Iowa Lakes Community College.

Student Legislative Seminar and Community College Day on the Hill - March 3

This year we are doing things a bit differently. Both SLS and CC Day on the Hill will be at the Capitol from 7:30 to noon on March 3, where groups are encouraged to set up meetings with legislators and each College can set up their booth in the Rotunda. Breakfast will be available for both groups (room yet to be determined). CC Day on the Hill will end at noon, but both groups are welcome to eat lunch at Curate where the SLS sessions will be held. The Seminar will begin at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. The agenda for SLS can be found here. The agenda for CC Day on the hill can be found here.

ACCT Governance Leadership Institute: Strengthening the Leadership Team of the Board 

March 23-25, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA

The ACCT Governance Leadership Institute (GLI) is an annual governance-development and educational program for trustees and CEOs of Community Colleges. The GLI provides an in-depth overview of fundamental and advanced topics and trends unique to Community College leaders. The GLI is an opportunity for new and experienced governing board members, as well as the college CEO, to collaborate and strengthen relationships as a team, and to come away with a common understanding of the roles and responsibilities of governing boards, as well as best practices for effective trustee-CEO relationships.

For more information, head here.

Aligning Credit and Non-Credit for Equity Workshop - March 28

Nationally, most Community Colleges offer non-credit workforce programs and credit-based programs that operate separately. While there are reasons for the separation of programs and some distinctions are in fact beneficial, other differences are simply default or arbitrary. And so, the two systems often exist separately, causing potential content duplication, lack of communication, and missed opportunities to collaborate and build pathways. Students enrolled in these programs are particularly impacted. Students in non-credit programs do not often have a direct pathway to continue their education on the credit side toward a degree. They are unlikely to receive credit for the learning that occurred in their non-credit program and unlikely to have access to financial aid or other means of funding for their education. The student experience in non-credit workforce programs is inequitable to that of students in credit programs in terms of their access to services, visibility, and representation across the institution. (From “A More Unified Community College,” ESG, 2020)

Iowa Community Colleges teams are invited to a special Zoom workshop on Friday, March 28th designed to help all Iowa Community Colleges identify a set of action steps or priorities to get started on aligning noncredit and credit programs on their campuses. The workshop, led by Education Strategy Group will include:

  • Making the case for how aligning noncredit and credit programs is an equity issue;
  • Aligning with current equity initiatives at the colleges and the association, among others; and
  • Specific breakouts for those colleges that have begun aligning noncredit and credit and for those that aspire to, but have not yet started.

Register for this special session exclusively for Iowa Community College leaders today. Registration is free. Suggested attendees include presidents, vice presidents, academic deans or department heads, noncredit programs or department heads, registrar, advising, financial aid, institutional research, noncredit faculty, and credit faculty. 

Zoom Registration Link

Education Strategy Group (ESG) is a mission-driven, national consulting firm specializing in K-12, higher education and workforce solutions. In 2020, ESG released, A More Unified Community College, a guide that details resources and best practices for community colleges to better align their noncredit and credit programs. ESG has a track record of presenting on this framework at national conferences and upon request to state systems and colleges. Past clients include the Association of Community College Trustees, Achieving the Dream, the National Council on Workforce Education, the Hawaii Community College System and the Texas Community College Association.

Iowa Community College 2022 Summer Conference 

Our summer conference will be here before you know it! Mark your calendars for July 20-22 in Sioux City. More information to come!

The text reads: IACCT 2022 Conference Save the Date. Proudly hosted by Western Iowa Tech Community College July 20-22, 2022. Conference will be held in-person. More information to come. In the lower right-hand corner are the WITCC logo and the IACCT logo.

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