Community College Trustees Attend 2014 ACCT Legislative Summit
(2/18/14) Early this February, more than 30 community college Trustees from Massachusetts traveled to Washington D.C. to join their colleagues from across the United States at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) National Legislative Summit. This year, Trustees had the opportunity to participate in numerous workshops with topics such as the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and the strengthening of workforce development through the Workforce Investment Act. Melody Barnes, former assistant to the President and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, joined Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary, to speak on experiences working for two different administrations facing adversity. ACCT also hosted a Congressional Forum, which consisted of speeches by several key members of the United States Senate. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was among the Senators that spoke; along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
In addition to the numerous ACCT programs scheduled, the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) and the Massachusetts Community Colleges Trustees’ Association (MCCTA) coordinated the annual reception held in the Cannon House Office Building. Presidents, Trustees, and MCCEO staff had the opportunity to hear from members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. Representatives Katherine Clark, Jim McGovern, Richard Neal, Niki Tsongas, and Senator Ed Markey all made remarks underlining the service that the community colleges provide in offering accessible higher education and workforce development. There was also a planned meeting with Congressman Joseph Kennedy on STEM education during the trip, but inclement weather forced it to be rescheduled (with a new date to be determined).