Happy Holidays from MCCA!

At this joyous time of year, we are grateful for our partnership with each of you.

Just a heads up that our office will be closed Friday, December 21, 2018-Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

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Governor unveils workforce system overhaul

Not surprisingly, workforce development was a central focus of this year’s Governor’s Conference on Economic Development.

At the event, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens unveiled “Skilled Workforce Missouri,” the Department of Economic Development’s new plan to overall the state’s workforce system.

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Sen. Blunt gets Congress to consider increasing Pell Grant maximum

Last week, Senate appropriations approved a bill that would increase the maximum award for Pell grants by 1.7 percent.

MCCA and other community colleges had lobbied for either an increase in the Pell Grant maximum or funding for short-term training via Pell Grants. Sen. Roy Blunt led the effort to pass the increase.

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MCCA partners with National Skills Coalition to close Missouri’s skills gap

In a meeting with the National Skills Coalition, Missouri’s community colleges looked at several statewide policies that would enable colleges to train workers to fill the state’s growing skills gap.

In Missouri, there are not enough workers trained to the middle-skill level to fill the jobs available. Middle-skill jobs accounted for roughly 53 percent of jobs in Missouri in 2015, but only 46 percent of the state’s workers are trained to this level. These middle-skill jobs require a credential beyond high school, but not a four year degree, leaving many workers either under or over-trained.

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MCCA reports on how community colleges plan to cut costs

Earlier this month, an MCCA task force presented a report to the Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s office detailing ways that community colleges are keeping costs down.

The report was produced in response to a charge from Governor Eric Greitens that directed the Missouri Department of Higher Education to review administrative costs at Missouri’s higher education institutions.

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Why all the buzz about apprenticeships?

President Donald Trump reiterated his support for apprenticeships at a discussion last week focused on expanding opportunities for women and minorities in STEM fields.

The discussion was one event in a series dating as far back as March in which the President pointed to “earn as you learn” programs as a possible solution for growing skills gaps in the nation’s fastest growing sectors.

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Missouri Community College Association names new President and CEO

Jefferson City, Missouri – Brian Millner was named President/CEO of the Missouri Community College Association, effective September 1.

Millner will lead the association in its efforts to advocate and provide professional development for Missouri’s 12 community colleges and nearly 2,000 members.

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New reasons to be a member of MCCA

We're building a new set of member benefits to make MCCA membership even more relevant and valuable for you.

Monthly Webinars

We get it. It’s hard to pull away from work for a three-day conference. That’s why, this February, we’re introducing a new monthly webinar series. This way you have access to professional development that is affordable, convenient, and relevant to you.

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2017 Annual Report

Together, we did some powerful things in 2017. Check them out in our annual report:

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Governor announces withholds from FY18 budget, adding to cuts

At the signing of the FY 2018 budget last month, Governor Eric Greitens announced that low tax receipts and rising health care costs meant the state would have to withhold $250 million from the newly approved budget.

The withholds, which amount to $24 million for higher education, are in addition to the 6.5 percent cuts approved by the legislature in May. All told, the reduction to higher education amounts to 9 percent, which is what the Governor first proposed in January.

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Work begins on 2018 legislative agenda

At the Trustee and Executive Leadership Conference, leaders from all twelve of Missouri’s community colleges took part in the first stage of the drafting process for the 2018 Legislative Agenda. The discussion was an opportunity primarily for community college trustees to provide input, but it was also a chance for the association’s advocacy team to share what to expect come January.

  • The state budget is shaping up for another tough funding battle, which could bring about changes reminiscent to those proposed earlier this year.
  • Rumblings from Rex Sinquefield’s Show-Me Institute indicate that public retirement systems may come under attack in 2018. The Institute has long-supported the privatization of public retirement funds, but is expected to increase its efforts next year.
  • The association is also keeping an eye on A+ program funding. With the expansion of the A+ program to private high schools and the increases in tuition resulting from this year’s budget cuts, it will be critical for the legislature to keep its promise to fully-fund the program.
  • Workforce development is also expected to be a major focus of this year’s advocacy efforts, as the legislature looks for ways to boost Missouri’s economy.

MCCA will officially release its legislative agenda once it is approved by the Presidents and Chancellor’s Council in November.

St. Louis Community College Chancellor to lead Missouri Community College Association

Jefferson City, Missouri – Dr. Jeff Pittman, chancellor of St. Louis Community College, began his term as chair of the Missouri Community College Association’s Presidents and Chancellors Council July 1.

Pittman succeeds Dr. Jon Bauer, president of East Central College, and will provide leadership for the association as it represents the interests of community colleges across the state.

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Get published on the MCCA website

Every month, we hope to feature an article or whitepaper written by an MCCA member. Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Articles featuring tips and best practices that are relevant to a large number of MCCA members (i.e. Faculty, Administrators, or Classified Staff)
  • Whitepapers exploring emerging challenges or innovative new programs and initiatives at community colleges
  • Regardless of the format, the writing should help readers understand and hopefully solve a common problem.
  • There’s no minimum or maximum word count, but we are looking for writing that is concise, well-written, and fully-conveys the idea presented.
  • The work should be your own. Any outside sources should be quoted and cited appropriately using an academic style such as APA or MLA.
 Submit your work

 Some additional guidelines:

  • MCCA staff and volunteers will review your work for error, and reserves the right to make changes based on readability.
  • Once your work has been approved, it will be published on the MCCA website and will be shared on our social media pages and in our monthly professional development e-mail update.
  • Acceptable file formats include .doc, .docx, and .pdf.

Big changes coming to convention this year

Our goal is to use your feedback to make every convention better than the last. As a result, we've made some major changes this year.

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Only two award ceremonies!

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Introducing our new e-mail updates

Introducing our new e-mail updates! We’re breaking our monthly MCCA Today newsletter up into four separate monthly updates, so you can subscribe to the content you care about most.

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Professional Development Update – Sent the first Wednesday of every month
This update will contain articles and whitepapers on professional development topics relevant to a broad range of MCCA members. It’s also where you’ll find important notifications and updates about MCCA events and professional development opportunities.

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Community colleges graduate thousands across the state

May is graduation season. Students, families, friends and supporters filled auditoriums and gymnasiums across the state last month to celebrate our graduates.

Every college's commencement is a little bit different. From Crowder's ceremonial walk under the iconic clock tower to the social media and video coverage shared far and wide by St. Louis Community College--they are all incredibly unique and memorable experiences for the graduates and their families.

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Lt. Gov. Mike Parson and wife Teresa to lead JAG-Missouri Board

(JEFFERSON CITY) – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson and wife Teresa will co-chair the new Board of Directors for Jobs for America’s Graduates in Missouri (JAG-Missouri).

The move is part of a larger transition for the organization, in which it will become an independent nonprofit organization effective July 1. Currently JAG is a program of the Missouri Community College Association.

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2017 Legislative session final update

Out of 1,830 bills filed, the Missouri Legislature only passed 76 pieces of legislation—including the 16 bills that make up the state budget.

After the end of the legislative session, Governor Greitens called a special session this week to bring legislators back to Jefferson City. The Governor has asked that legislators work on a particular economic development project for southeast Missouri.

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MCCA priorities still in play as session draws to close

The legislative session is set to come to a close today at 6 p.m., with legislators likely working up to the very last minute.

Weeks of political feuding has left a log jam of legislation, and caught up in the imbroglio were several MCCA priorities. As of 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 12, here’s where our priority bills stand:

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Community Colleges take on top issue facing Missouri businesses

Jefferson City—Missouri’s 12 community colleges established the Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network today to address a longstanding challenge facing Missouri businesses—the availability of a skilled workforce.

The new network will tackle what groups like the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other economic developers have said for years, namely that the state’s workforce system needs to change in order for Missouri to compete with other states for job creation projects.

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