President David Gomez with others

The 49th annual Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress took place in New York City from October 24-27. This four-day event, “Partnerships: Building Blocks to Student Success,” focused on partnerships through educational and inspirational sessions, and networking opportunities with community colleges and other peer trustees nationwide.

Students attending New York’s community colleges face extraordinary challenges that require effective partnerships with community-based organizations. CUNY’s Strategic Framework (Connected CUNY, 2017-2018) calls for its institutions to build effective partnerships for student success (i.e., on-time completion) and workforce development across the five boroughs. Participating as panelists on Day 2 in the conference session titled “Building Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations to Enhance Student Success” were CUNY Board of Trustee Charles A. Shorter (4th from left), along with CUNY Community College Presidents, David Gómez, Hostos C.C. (3rd from left); Thomas A. Isekenegbe, Bronx C.C. (far right); and Scott Evenbeck, Guttman C.C. (2nd from right).

ACCT joins together more than 2,000 trustees, presidents, chancellors, government officials, foundation representatives, and experts to exchange critical information and ideas on successful new models, innovations, programs, and actively network with community college leaders from across the country.