CV19 Relief Package: Support for Career Colleges, their employees, students, families.

It is estimated that more than $1.7 billion will flow to Kentucky as part of the Covid-19 Relief Package developed by Congress. Key elements for consideration by owners, operators and managers of career colleges and schools in the Commonwealth:

> $30 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund for states, school districts and institutions of higher education for costs related to the coronavirus. $14.25 billion for emergency relief for Institutions of Higher Education to respond to the coronavirus. 90% of funds via a formula base, 75% on its share of Pell FTE and 25% on non-Pell FTE, excluding students who were exclusively enrolled online prior to coronavirus. At least 50% of institutional funds must provide emergency financial aid grants to students that can cover eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. Remaining institutional funds may be used to defray expenses for IHEs, such as lost revenue and technology costs associated with a transition to distance education.

> Expands unemployment insurance from three to four months, and provides temporary unemployment compensation of $600 per week, which is in addition to and the same time as regular state and federal UI benefits. Other noteworthy provisions:

  1. $360 million for Department of Labor to invest in programs that provide training and supportive services for dislocated workers, seniors, migrant farmworkers and homeless veterans. Includes funding for implementing new paid leave and unemployment insurance benefits.
  2. Part-time, self-employed and gig economy workers now have access to UI benefits.
  3. Allows employers to receive an advance tax credit from the Treasury instead of having to be reimbursed on the back end.
  4. $10 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency grants of up to $10,000 to provide immediate relief for operating costs.
  5. $17 billion for the SBA to cover six months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans. Rent, mortgage and utility costs now eligible for SBA loan forgiveness.
  6. Establishes a $500 billion lending fund for businesses, cities and states.  Authorizes the secretary of the Treasury to make loans, loan guarantees and other investments in support of eligible businesses, states and municipalities that do not, in the aggregate, exceed $500 billion.  

Source: National Conference of State Legislators, March 25, 2020. https://www.ncsl.org/

Spring Symposium “in-person” cancelled

NOTICE to All KACCS Member Colleges and Schools:

The absence of presenters and speakers due to travel restrictions and the imposition of social distancing protocols in response to the public health issue have impeded plans for an in-person Spring Symposium (originally scheduled for Friday, April 24th at Sullivan-Louisville). Given those and other considerations, KACCS has cancelled the event, “Clear Vision for Career Education.” Recognizing the value of information sharing and professional development even during a pandemic, on behalf of its member institutions, their students and employees, KACCS will develop and make available content regarding:

> Short-term strategies to convert on-ground to on-line delivery of instructional services, in accord with state, federal and accreditation requirements and emergency waivers.

> ED.Gov considerations for Federal Student Aid protocols applied to on-ground to on-line conversions, including accreditation approval, T4 review, SAP and R2T4.

> Reaching and preserving student and employee engagement during Covid-19 social distancing protocols.

> Preserving supply chain performance during Covid-19 protocols.

> Anticipating post Covid-19 enrollment demand (or enrollment resistance), outreach and marketing.

KACCS will also focus on developing and delivering workshops, webinars, round-table encounters and other forums to fully explore these and related topics over the summer and during the 2020 KACCS Conference & Exhibition, Friday. Aug. 21st. Watch this website for more details in the coming weeks!

KACCS Joins CECU Hill Day 2020

The Kentucky Association of Career Colleges & Schools reached out to members of the Kentucky delegation to the U.S. Congress during the annual Hill Day event staged by Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU). The meetings included discussions and information exchange with 2nd District Rep. Brett Guthrie (below), a member of the House Committee on Education & The Workforce.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (right) with KACCS Executive Director Anthony S. Bieda

Meetings also reached the offices of 1st District Rep. James Comer, also a member of the Education and Workforce committee, and 3rd District Rep. John Yarmuth, House Budget Committee Chair. On the Senate side, KACCS met with education staff in the offices of Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul.

KACCS @ The Capitol: 2.25.2020

The Association’s strong government relations program hosted several college and school officials for informed, respectful encounters with Kentucky state senators and representatives. The meetings included Senators J. Raque Adams, Ralph Avarado, Julian Carroll, Morgan McGarvey, D. Harper Angel, Phillip Wheeler, Alice Forgy Kerr, Dennis Parrett, John Schickel, Max Wise and Mike Nemes. Representatives participating in meetings were Kevin Bratcher, Jason Nemes, George Brown, Derrick Graham, Mary Lou Marzian, Tom Burch, Kathy Hinkle, Russell Webber and Adam Koenig.

The association was represented by liaisons from MedQuest College, Sullivan University and Beckfield College (below).

(From Left) KACCS Board Members Robin Boughey, Chris Ernst and Tom Cropper (3rd from right) meet with Rep. Kevin Bratcher, center.
Di Tran, KACCS Board member and Anthony Bieda, KACCS Executive Director.

House version of HEA restricts choice for Veterans

Veterans for Career Education (VCE) provided details today of provisions in the House version of the reauthorized Higher Education Act that would restrict access to proprietary career colleges by veterans and their family members.

“If this bill passes in its current form, Congress is essentially telling veterans that they are incapable of choosing the school that best fits their career goals,” VCE said from Washington, D.C.

For more information go to https://www.vetsforcareered.org/

KACCS sets priorities for HEA reauthorization

In a letter to Rep. Brett Guthrie (Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District), the organization lists its priorities for Congressional reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which guides the regulation of all colleges and universities in the U.S. whose students receive federal financial aid.

The correspondence reads, in part: ” We believe strongly that a level playing field must be established and preserved for all education providers regardless of their tax status…Protect(ing) the ability for veterans and service members to use their earned benefits at the college or school of their choice… and preserv(ing) and expand(ing) student aid for quality and effective career education programs as short as eight weeks in length, to promote more agile training sector responses to current and emerging workforce shortages.”

Read the full letter at the link below.

Koenig recognized for service to career education

LOUISVILLE – Kentucky State Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, has been named the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS) 2019 Legislator of the Year.

Rep. Koenig serves as chairman of the Kentucky House of Representatives Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee. The Legislator of the Year award was announced Friday, Aug. 9., during the KACCS annual conference, which was held at Sullivan University in Louisville.

Ernst named KACCS President

LOUISVILLE – Chris Ernst, Senior Vice President for Administration at Sullivan University, has been elected president of the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS).

Ernst, a Louisville native and Sullivan University graduate, officially began his tenure as president during the Aug. 9 KACCS annual conference, which was held at Sullivan University in Louisville. He follows past presidents Cindy Landry of ATA College and Jan Gordon, also of Sullivan University.

As KACCS president, Ernst will manage the business and affairs of the organization while reporting to the KACCS Board of Directors and membership.

See what you miss…

… when you miss another fabulous KACCS Conference & Exhibition!

Images below from “Navigating change through innovation,” the 2019 KACCS Conference & Exhibition.

Thanks to Ambassador, Elsevier, Cengage, Creative-Image Technology, McGraw Hill, Pearson, TFC Tuition Financing, Jones & Bartlett, Viktory Student, F.A. Davis, Pantheon Student Solutions, and Integri-Shield for supporting the career education sector in the Bluegrass State!

Let Vets Choose: Tour comes to Louisville!

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Career college student veterans, current and alumni, turned out in Louisville Aug. 5th to learn more about how they can protect their right to choose a college or career-oriented school without interference from federal policy makers. For more information about the issues and the active mobilization on behalf of Veterans’ choice, go to link below: Veterans for Career Education.

http://vets4careered.org/about-vce/

Learn more about issues and policies confronting the Career Education sector at the 2019 KACCS Conference & Exhibition, Friday, Aug. 9th in Louisville. There is still time to register!

The 2019 KACCS Conference & Exhibition Aug. 9th!

KACCS’ Sullivan University partners on Pharm.D program

“Sullivan University and Spalding University have reached an agreement that makes it easier for Spalding students to earn a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Sullivan’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. At a signing event on Monday, leaders of the two Louisville schools said the new pathway agreement will allow more students to complete a doctorate of pharmacy degree, or Pharm.D., and enter the job market sooner…”

By Chris Larson, Louisville Business First, July 8, 2019 https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/

Reforms to federal student aid and student borrowing…

 “Solutions that could better-support existing borrowers, as well as reforms to improve the system…”

Americans currently hold $1.5 trillion in outstanding federal student loan debt, with nearly one in five adults carrying a share of this burden. Less than half of new borrowers can put a dent in their principal balance within three years of entering repayment. Worse yet, some traditionally under-served populations carry disproportionately large debt burdens and are more likely to default. With reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the horizon, now is the time to consider reforms. Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, and the Consumer Bankers Association. as we explore solutions that could better-support existing borrowers, as well as reforms to improve the system moving forward. Click the link to recent panel discussion at BPC!

https://bipartisanpolicy.org/events/helping-struggling-borrowers-and-fixing-the-federal-student-loan-system/