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Trustee Education: Student Perspectives Panel - January 27 at 9 a.m.

We have another trustee education opportunity for you coming up next week!

Join us at 9 a.m. on January 27 to engage with some Community College students as they talk about why they chose to attend a Community College, what has been the biggest help in succeeding, and what have been the biggest challenges. 

Students on Panel include: Andrew Dowd (Computer Language at DMACC), Kat Aschekowski (Liberal Arts & Political Science at Hawkeye), Tara Craig (Social Work Program at NIACC), and MacKenna Otte (Associate of Science at Iowa Lakes).

To register, please fill out this Google Form which you can find here. A link will be sent to you after completing the form.

Student Legislative Seminar

***Due to an increase in COVID cases, we are postponing the Student Legislative Seminar to March 3, the same day as Community College Day on the Hill. There will be some slight changes to the SLS schedule that we will finalize and share with you all during the upcoming weeks.


ACCT 2022 Community College National Legislative Summit

February 6-9 in Washington D.C.

Link: Preparing for NLS

Link: NLS Registration 

Hospitality Event

We hope you can join us for our breakfast hospitality event! The breakfast will be at the Marriott Marquis Hotel (conference location) where you will have the chance to speak with legislators in a more relaxed setting. See you there!

Tuesday, February 8

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 


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.

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