AACC, in partnership with Salt Lake Community College, held a briefing on Capitol Hill on June 6, addressing the Higher Education Act and Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act reauthorizations. Four community college presidents, including PGCC's own Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, and one state director briefed Capitol Hill members and staff.
Community colleges are the largest and most diverse sector of higher education and serve the highest percentages of financially needy students. This, combined with their focus on responding to local business and social needs, uniquely positions them to help citizens maintain stable, family-supporting jobs. The Higher Education Act (HEA) is essential to enabling community college students to enroll and succeed. More than 7 million students are enrolled in community colleges each fall, and annually, more than 3 million receive Pell Grants.
*Information courtesy of AACC