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About AACC

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for U.S. community colleges, representing nearly 1,200 regionally accredited two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 11 million students and over 91,000 international students.

Headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C., AACC is a member of "The Big Six" large, presidentially based U.S. higher education associations. AACC collaborates with a wide range of entities within the higher education community to monitor and influence federal policy and to collaborate on issues of common interest.

The AACC International Programs & Services Department promotes a positive image of U.S. community colleges abroad; highlights the importance of international education on U.S. community college campuses; educates member colleges about internationalization best practices; provides opportunities for member colleges to develop or enhance their study abroad, exchange, and international student recruitment activities; and, facilitates international partnerships and exchanges. To that end the International Department is the liaison for AACC member institutions to the U.S. government, foreign governments and embassies, and premiere international education associations and organizations.

AACC has signed MOUs with foreign governments and educational associations to facilitate collaboration and partnerships between AACC member colleges and educational institutions in the following countries:

China                               Australia  
Netherlands                      Canada
Denmark                          Mexico
United Kingdom

Partner with AACC

Association and Educational Institution Partnerships and Cooperative Agreements

  • Presentations to delegations of foreign officials visiting the U.S.
  • Presentations in-country
  • Arranging introductions with community colleges based on your interests
  • Design and dissemination of customized projects/programs for U.S. community college participation

Corporate and Foundation Sponsorships

In exchange for sponsorship of AACC International Programs & Services initiatives and activities, sponsors are provided several opportunities

  • Receive visibility at AACC meetings and special events, such as
    • The Reception for International Visitors & Guests at AACC’s Annual Convention in April
    • The AACC Breakfast held during the NAFSA conference in June for community college representatives to network with EducationUSA advisers
    • Travel grants for AACC workshops or conferences
    • AACC Commission on Global Education meetings and meals
  • Receive special recognition and visibility for AACC special international projects (contact AACC International Department staff).
  • Advertise in the annual publication, Profiles of U.S. Community Colleges: A Guide for International Students
  • Advertise on the AACC website for international students, Study in America
  • Work with International Programs & Services staff to develop and implement new projects that complement AACC's international initiatives

To discuss the possibilities, contact the AACC International Programs & Services staff below.  

Wayne Wheeler
Associate for International Programs and Services
Tel: 202.728.0200 x250