The American Association of Community Colleges has selected Jennifer G. Lara of Laurel, professor of education in the Teacher Education and Child Care Institute at Anne Arundel Community College, to serve on the association’s 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.
Lara is one of 36 representatives nationwide chosen as a commissioner and in 2010 was selected for the inaugural White House Summit on Community Colleges. She is one of four faculty members on the commission, which includes community college, university and higher education organization presidents, chancellors and directors.
The 21st Century Commission is charged with comprehensively examining challenges and opportunities facing community colleges. Comprised of education, business, policy and communications professionals, the commission will review the community college mission and how to align it with today’s challenges and realities. Commissioners will tackle issues such as funding, advocacy, college access and completion as well as President Barack Obama’s challenge to two-year colleges to graduate an additional 5 million students with degrees, certificates and other credentials by 2020.
About Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 53,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 100 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. National and regional award-winning studies can lead to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. AACC celebrates its 50th Anniversary beginning this fall.