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AACC President Speaks at North Lake College

35-year anniversary luncheon invites renowned guest

IRVING, Texas- On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Dr. Walter G. Bumphus addressed the faculty and staff of North Lake College. Sharing wisdom from his 38 years of experience as a leader in the educational community, Bumphus speech “Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future,” opened North Lake’s 35th anniversary year.
    “I want to introduce you to Dr. Walter G. Bumphus,” said Francyenne Maynard, NLC Dean of Student Support Services. “He is one of 10 kids, a first generation college student and…my dad.” After his daughter’s touching introduction, Bumphus initially struggled to find composure. Having finally wiped away his tears, Bumphus began, saying, “The Dallas district is where I got my start…It is certainly one of, if not the, finest districts.”
    Alongside shared wisdom and guidance for the future, Bumphus’ address offered thanks. “It’s because of your work,” Bumphus told his audience, “we are being recognized by the White House, Administration, Congress…”
    Mentioned numerous times in the 2012 State of the Union address, community colleges like North Lake act as career centers for the community. In fact, almost half of all U.S. undergraduates enter community colleges, making these institutions the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education. A sector that President Obama believes will help nurture the economy; prosing the Community College to Career Fund last February. “Now you need to give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers,” Obama told Congress in his State of the Union address, “places that teach people skills that local businesses are looking for right now, from data management to high tech manufacturing.”
    However, despite the sector’s growth, community colleges nationwide continue to strive for improvement. One such area: student completion. With AACC as its mouthpiece, North Lake College has pledged to increase student completion rates by 50 percent by 2020. Bumphus offered several recommendations to this end. “We’ve got to support and nourish our faculty,” explained Bumphus, “The same thing goes for leadership development.” Bumphus also cited creative solutions such as reverse transfer, automatic graduation and eliminating graduation fees. These implementation plans stem from recommendations in the AACC’s 21st Century Commission Report.
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