Annual Conference

The 2017 ACCA Conference is scheduled for November 19 through 21 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center. 

Book your group rate for Alabama Community College Association Annual Conference 2017

Hotel Group Rates Currently Available

Embassy Suites - $99 per night / Group Code: ACA

Hampton Inn and Suites - $104 per night / Group Code: ALC

Martha KanterKeynote Speaker - Martha Kanter I Executive Director, College Promise Campaign

Dr. Martha Kanter leads the College Promise Campaign's national initiative to increase college access, affordability, quality, and completion in American higher education, starting in the nation's community colleges. She is also a Senior Fellow at New York University's Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. She specializes in policy efforts to identify innovative education interventions, financing models and behavioral incentives at the local, state and national levels to raise America's high school and college graduation rates from two and four-year colleges and universities. Her academic interests include: The Confluence of Access, Equity and Excellence; The Intersection of Policy and Politics in American Higher Education; and The Contributions of America's Community Colleges to the Nation's Social Fabric, Civic Future and Economy.

In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Kanter to serve as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education, with oversight responsibility for all federal postsecondary statutory, regulatory, and administrative policies and programs for the U.S. Department of Education, including the $175B annual federal student aid programs, higher education, adult education, career-technical education, international education and 6 White House Initiatives.From 2009-2013, serving under U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Kanter and her team took bold steps to increase college access, affordability, quality and completion to implement President Obama's goal to have the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020. She oversaw the successful implementation of the Direct Student Loan program that resulted in a 50-percent increase in the college enrollment of low-income students, growing from 6 to more than 9 million Pell Grant recipients. Previously, Kanter served as President of De Anza College and then Chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District for sixteen years. She began her career as an alternative high school teacher. She holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Brandeis University, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco.

Steve Marshall

 2nd Keynote Speaker - Steve Marshall I Attorney General of Alabama

Steve Marshall became the 48th Attorney General of Alabama on February 10, 2017. He is a native of Atmore and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987 and the University of Alabama School of Law in 1990. He served Marshall County as District Attorney from 2001 until 2017. When he was sworn in at age 36, he became the second youngest District Attorney in Alabama.

During his time as District Attorney, he established a reputation for being tough on crime. He founded the Marshall County Major Crimes Unit, the Marshall County Computer Forensics Lab and the Marshall County Crystal Meth Task Force. He was instrumental in passing legislation that required a driver's license for Alabama residents to purchase ingredients for making crystal meth. The legislation also created a database for such purchases and led to a 90-percent reduction in the number of crystal meth labs in the state over the past five years.

He also played a major role I the Brody Act, which holds criminals who kill or injure a mother's unborn baby accountable for two crimes – one against the mother and one against the baby. He was a strong supporter of the Marshall County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and successfully pushed for passage of Kelley's Law, which makes it a capital crime to murder someone who has a protective order against the offender. The law was named for a Marshall County resident who was murdered in a domestic violence incident.
AG Marshall has also served as chairman of the Alabama Criminal justice information System (ACJIC) and he is a member of the Alabama Sentencing commission.

He and his wife, Bridgette, have one daughter, Faith. They are members of LifePoint church in Albertville.

Conference at a Glance Information

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Registration Information

Registration is $175.00 per person until November 1st and $200.00 per person afterwards.

For registration questions, please contact Mrs. Camie Huett at 334-293-4671 or or Dr. Lesie Hartley at 800-648-3271 ext. 5716 or

Checks and /or Purchase Orders for the 2017 conference should be sent to:

Alabama Community College Association

Jessica Davis

Coastal Alabama Community College

1900 US Highway 31, South

Bay Minette, AL 36507

More information to come.

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Cancellation Policy

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