Will you be heading to New Orleans for the American Association of Community College’s 97th Annual Convention? Our team will be, and we hope to see you there!

Convergent is one of the nation’s leading firms in economic, workforce, and community development fundraising. This conference is a particularly exciting one for us because we’ll be introducing our new Community College Division, led by Convergent Partner Joe April. With over 25 years of experience leading community college resource development programs as a staff member and consultant, not to mention his experience conducting more than 50 feasibility studies, development assessments, foundation strategic plans, community summits, industry forums, and alumni strategic planning efforts throughout the country, Joe is one of the foremost experts in the industry.

How can Convergent’s and Joe’s combined experience benefit you and your college? As Joe explains in Community Colleges & Workforce Development: Growing Stronger Together, “… more and more donors are directing their giving towards creating programs and services that address regional workforce and job skills gaps,” and we are THE experts at securing that funding.

Interested in learning more? Stop by Booth #601 to discuss how your college can secure the funding needed to be at the epicenter of this movement, and take advantage of our free phone charging station while you’re there. Additionally, you can drop your card for a chance to win a free Vision Retreat for your team!

Community Colleges Leading the Entrepreneurial Way

As the demands on community colleges to provide the workforce training critical to our nation’s economic future increase, being “nimble, inclusive, and entrepreneurial” will be that much more challenging given diminishing financial resources.

Join Joe during his two conference breakout sessions to take a closer look at both the strategic planning and fundraising processes necessary to help community colleges succeed at embracing creative new entrepreneurial methods.

“College + Foundation Strategic Planning: 2 Plans, 1 Path”
Co-Presenter: Rachelle Karstens, JD, Executive Director, Philanthropy & Alumni Relations at Indian Hills Community College in Ottomwa, IA
April 24th at 7:15am in Room 201

“Like a Symphony Conductor: The President’s Role in a Campaign”
Co-Presenter Dr. John Rainone, President of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, VA
April 24th at 11:45am in Room 207

Unable to attend the conference? You can stay up-to-date with conference highlights in real time by following Joe on Twitter. We’ll also be sending out links to both sessions’ slides after the conference, as well as insights on our top takeaways from the conference, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter if you haven’t already done so!