Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) is a non-profit association representing all twenty-two (22) public community colleges in Arkansas.
Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) was established in 1989 as a professional development association through a grassroots effort of community college faculty to share ideas, resources, and techniques to better meet the education and training needs of students. In 1991, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 1244, the “Two-Year Postsecondary Education Reorganization Act,” to establish a system of educational institutions offering industry training and university transfer programs throughout the state. That same year, the state’s newly converted technical institutes petitioned to join and were accepted as members of ACC. In 1996, Presidents/Chancellors formalized ACC as a non-profit association in order to expand opportunities for networking, collaboration, and advocacy to the benefit of all members and their students.
Today, ACC members include all twenty-two (22) of the state’s comprehensive community and technical colleges, with the Board of Directors consisting of the President/Chancellor of each member institution. In the absence of a statewide higher education regulatory authority, the Board coalesces to become a stronger, more unified body for education reform. Together the ACC Board, executive director, and staff are a collective voice to maximize resources and efforts that serve Arkansas students, communities, and business/industry.
ACC has a long and successful history of collaborating with government agencies, educational institutions, private foundations, and others on projects that improve the ability of member colleges to meet the needs of their students, as well as the needs of their local business and industry leaders. As a result, Arkansas is hailed nationally as a model for student success and workforce training initiatives