Friends & Partners
Friends and Partners
Texas Association of Community Colleges
The Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) is a non-profit association that includes all 50 public community college districts in the state. The General Appropriations Bill and legislation affecting public community colleges in general have been and remain the principal concerns of TACC.
Texas community colleges and the 86th Texas Legislature
For the 86th Texas Legislative Session, TACC will advocate for a blend of state appropriations and policies that promote broader access to postsecondary education and training at community colleges across the state.
Texas Association of Community College Marketers
The Texas Association of Community College Marketers (TACCM) is a statewide consortium of marketing and public relations professionals for public community and technical colleges in Texas. The organization serves as a clearinghouse for information, promotes public community and technical colleges in Texas, and serves in an advisory capacity to other statewide organizations.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is dedicated to meeting the goals of the state’s higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015. If Texas achieves these goals, the state’s economy will experience estimated increases of $489 billion in total spending, $194 billion in gross state product, and $122 billion in personal income as well as the creation of over 1,023,000 new jobs by the year 2030. The state’s return on its investment in higher education is estimated at $8.08 for every $1 invested.* Policymakers, education leaders, the business community, students and families – in fact, all Texans – have a vested interest in meeting the goals of Closing the Gaps to help ensure a prosperous future for our great state.
*Source: The Perryman Group, “A TALE OF TWO STATES – AND ONE MILLION JOBS!!”
American Association of Community Colleges
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree granting institutions and more than 12 million students.
AACC strives to:
- Provide a national voice and advocacy for the community college mission
- Serve as a national information resource
- Create opportunities for peer networking and interaction at all levels, professional initiatives, dialogue, and community-building
- Facilitate collaboration among AACC staff and stakeholders
- Encourage a shared commitment to the community college movement
- Offer leadership and career development opportunities.
Association of Community College Trustees
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.
These community professionals, business officials, public policy leaders, and leading citizens offer their time and talent to serve on the governing boards of this century’s most innovative higher education institutions-community, junior, and technical colleges-and make decisions that affect more than 1,200 colleges and over 11 million students annually.
Economic Alliance Houston Port Region
The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, a non-profit organization created in 1985, provides professional economic development services on behalf of 16 communities surrounding the 25-mile Houston Ship Channel – home to one of the world’s most influential energy corridor and trade ports.
Greater Houston Partnership
The principal objective of the Greater Houston Partnership, which traces its roots back to Houston’s original Chamber of Commerce founded in 1840, is to build regional economic prosperity. The Partnership facilitates relocations and expansions in the Houston area; international outreach initiatives such as business development missions outside the U.S. and receiving foreign trade delegations; and strategic planning. The 10-county Houston region encompasses Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto and Waller counties.
Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation
The Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation, an economic development organization comprised of the Texas counties of Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin, recognized the need to showcase the attributes of this region in a comprehensive, united fashion. Economic development professionals and stakeholders have joined forces to identify this region as a significant contributor to the economy of not only the State of Texas, but to the United States and the world.
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, or BAHEP, is a member-driven organization that provides the leadership to stimulate regional economic development and employment. Utilizing a collaborative committee structure, we engage more than 260 investor companies, business professionals, local governments, and educational institutions, in southeast Texas, to bring about prosperity and a high quality of life for the 1.5 million people who live and work in the region. Our members include aerospace, petrochemical, and health care companies, developers, bankers and real estate brokers, 13 cities, Galveston and Harris Counties, and the Port of Houston Authority.
Members of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership are the heart and soul of the organization. Membership investment almost exclusively funds the partnership’s mission. BAHEP’s goal of attracting, retaining, and expanding industry within the region would not be possible without the financial support and valuable time given by our members.
Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping more community college students succeed, particularly students of color and low-income students.
Built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream advances community college student success through work on four fronts:
- Transforming community colleges
- Influencing policy
- Developing new knowledge
- Engaging the public
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development
Created in 1978 with initial grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a philosophical commitment to support excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership.
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