Friends and Partners

Friends and Partners

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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.

The Texas Community College Education Initiative (TCCEI) is a non-profit corporation (501-c-3) created in 2003 to promote educational programs and services that benefit Texas higher education. There are currently five TCCEI initiatives: Nelson Award, Achieving the Dream, Early College High School, STARLINK, and the Virtual College of Texas.

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Texas Association of Community Colleges 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.

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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!!”

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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.
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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.

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Economic Alliance Port Houston

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.

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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.

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Gulf Coast Petrochemical Information Network

The Gulf Coast Petrochemical Information Network (GC-PIN) is a consortium of several greater Houston Texas Gulf Coast coast community colleges, industry employers, economic developers, state and local workforce agencies, industry associations, chambers of commerce and public school districts.

The collaborative network extends across four Texas counties – Harris, Chambers, Brazoria and Galveston and represents a population base of nearly four million people, and the refining and petrochemical permanent jobs within those counties total just over 343,000. The Gross Product Activity of the refining and petrochemical companies within the Network geography surpasses $100 billion.

The Network promotes awareness, recruitment training, certification programs and associate degrees for the current and future generation of petrochemical industry workers.

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Southeast Texas Economic Development Corp.

The Southeast Texas Economic Development Corp., 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.


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Bay Area Economic Development Corp.

The Bay Area Economic Development Corp., 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.

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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 (NISOD)

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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