Register Now for OVAE’s Upcoming Webinar on Community Colleges and Correctional/Reentry Education!

The second event in OVAE’s 2013 Community College Webinar Series, which will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EDT, will focus on emerging community college correctional and reentry education models.  Please click here to register for this event.

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Invitation to Participate in the Department of Education’s Experimental Sites Initiative Extended to April 30!

The U.S. Department of Education has extended the deadline until April 30, 2013, for postsecondary educational institutions to express interest in participating in one or more of the Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI) experiments currently in process.

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2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Awarded Today

Earlier today, the Aspen Institute announced that Walla Walla Community College in Washington State and Santa Barbara City College in California are the co-winners of the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Kingsborough Community College in New York and Lake Area Technical College in South Dakota were awarded Finalist with Distinction honors as well.  The other finalist institutions for this year’s prize are: Brazosport College in Texas, Broward College in Florida, College of the Ouchitas in Arkansas, Santa Fe College in Florida, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technial College, and West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

In choosing a the winners and finalists, the Aspen Institute and its Prize Jury utilize multiple sources of quantitative and qualitative data to assess community colleges along four elements of excellence: college completion and transfer rates, labor market outcomes, learning outcomes, and equity.

Save the Date: OVAE’s 2013 Community College Webinar Series Continues on April 10!

OVAE is hosting a series of community college webinars in 2013, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), to bring together experts from the field and local practitioners to discuss some of the key challenges these institutions face and highlight promising institutional practices and policy changes from around the country that aim to increase postsecondary student success.

The second event in this series will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. ET.  This 90-minute webinar will explore promising community college correctional and re-entry education models from across the country. Fred Patrick from the Vera Institute of Justice will discuss the Vera-led Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project that aims to expand access to higher education for incarcerated and recently released individuals.  Brian Walsh from Peninsula Community College will present on the efforts of his institution to provide technology-enabled integrated basic education and skills training to inmates at Clallam Bay Corrections Center in Washington State.  The webinar will also highlight the partnership between Hostos Community College and the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), called CEO Academy, which provides accelerated basic education and occupational training opportunities to ex-offenders in New York City.

Registration information for this webinar will be sent out in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!

OVAE Hosts First Event in 2013 Community College Webinar Series

OVAE hosted the first event in its 2013 Community College Webinar Series on Thursday, March 7, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).  This first event focused on transforming adult education to better prepare adult learners to successfully transition to postsecondary education and training.  Over 380 stakeholders from community and technical colleges, community based organizations, state and local government, four-year colleges and universities, and workforce development organizations took part in the webinar.  For those of you who could not participate in the live event, or would like to view the webinar or presentation again, the recorded webinar and presentation will be archived in the coming days on OVAE’s website at

Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier noted, “This was a fantastic start to OVAE’s Community College Webinar Series. The number of participants and the thoughtful questions asked illustrated the importance of the topic and the level of interest from the field!  We are looking forward to this ongoing engagement in our future events.”

OVAE’s 2013 Community College Webinar Series will continue next month with an event on April 10 that examines the role community colleges can play in correctional and re-entry education.  More information on this event, along with the registration link, will be shared in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!