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Opportunities for Community Colleges in Rural America

Thursday, April 19 in Birmingham, AL
8:30 AM until 5 PM

Alabama Power HQ Auditorium
600 18th Street North , Birmingham, AL 35203

The Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency hosted a Community College Seminar, titled “Opportunities for Community Colleges in Rural America”. 

The seminar objectives mandated through the Community College Coordinated Strategy include:

  • Rural Development senior staff will be present to discuss programs for Community Colleges
  • Discussion on important components of your rural projects, feasibility study, discussion of successful projects
  • Ability to meet one on one with program staff to discuss your project or potential projects
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Ability to network, share ideas, discuss projects, and other innovative suggestions to improve rural America
  • A brief overview of HP LIFE, a free open education resource for community college entrepreneurship programs 

USDA Rural Development:

USDA Rural Development (RD) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Rural Development offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure. RD promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. The agency also offers technical assistance for agricultural producers, rural cooperatives and community empowerment programs. Click here to learn more.


The Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) is the primary advocacy organization for America’s 600 rural community and tribal colleges on 800 campuses that impact 3.4 million students. The RCCA promotes a more economically, culturally, and civically vibrant rural America, through advocacy, convening, leveraging resources, and serving as a clearing house for innovative practice, policy, and research. Rural community and tribal colleges are centers of educational opportunity. They are the “neighborhood schools of higher education,” as noted community college scholar James C. Palmer has said. They are close to home and both representative and inclusive of their communities. They are the leading regional centers for cultural and fine arts in rural America—and this is particularly true at tribal colleges, which typically host key tribal historical documents and artifacts. They create opportunities in place, and celebrate doors that they alone open. They are open-door, open access colleges that welcome all who desire to learn, regardless of wealth, heritage, or prior academic preparation or experience. For more information, please click here.


National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is a member organization of over 300 community colleges representing nearly 2,000 staff. Presidents, educators, administrators and center directors are focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals:

  1. Empower the college to approach the business of leading a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset; and
  2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

For more info, please click here.

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