MACC Trustees Attend Legislative Summit
Executives and Trustees from Moberly Area Community College joined over 1,000 other participants who descended upon Washington, D.C. last week for the 2013 Community College National Legislative Summit (NLS). MACC President Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson, MACC Vice-President Dr. Jeff Lashley and MACC Board of Trustees members Jim Cooksey and Rodney Loesch attended the event to advocate on behalf of community colleges.
The NLS ran from Monday, February 11 through Thursday, February 14 and included nationally recognized presenters and opportunities for attendees to meet with their Congressmen and Senators. MACC representatives met with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler to discuss community college legislation. They also visited the offices of Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Roy Blunt, and Congressman Sam Graves. This year's discussions focused on continuing to provide funds for the Pell Grant, as well as maintaining support for the Community College and Career Training Grant Program, and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
The Summit is an annual event and is sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges.
Presidents, chancellors, trustees and other representatives from community colleges across the nation gather for this opportunity to visit with U.S. legislators and to learn about federal issues affecting community college higher education. NLS attendees hear from guest speakers in general sessions, participate in policy focus sessions, and visit House, Senate and Executive offices.
Just a few of this year's Summit guest speakers included: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe; Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter; Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report; and Barry Anderson, deputy director of the National Governors Association.
MACC Vice President Dr. Jeff Lashley, MACC President Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson and MACC Board members Rodney Loesch and Jim Cooksey, are pictured with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler during a recent trip to Washington D.C. for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Legislative Summit.