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2013 RCCA conference will be held September 25-27, in Sunday River, Maine at the Sunday River Resort

Conference Website:  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=dkuq6geab&oeidk=a07e76q8ehfd0b3667d   


-Advancing Community Colleges Across Rural America

An alliance of rural community colleges working to improve educational and economic prospects for their communities.
A network for peer learning through conferences, campus/community visits, and technical assistance.
A national voice for America’s rural community colleges and the communities they serve.

Vision Statement:  We are the membership organization acknowledged as the leading voice for rural community colleges.

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ALLIANCE OF RURAL COLLEGES (Alliance with our Canadian partner colleges)

• Rural Community Colleges help rural communities

Focus on their assets
Honestly assess and address community problems
Work to build broad-based leadership and an inclusive, collaborative civic culture
Build commitment to equity and excellence
Seek out new ideas and encourage a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship
Understand the inextricable link between education and economic prosperity, and work simultaneously to improve education and build the regional economy

• Grant Opportunities

Check out the new and current higher education grant opportunities can be found under the RESOURCES tab above.



USDA Rural Development has announced their 2012 low interest direct loan program for facilities, remodels, and technology.  For more information contact your USDA Rural Development state office or the RCCA office.

      The 2013 RCCA day in Washington DC will be held the week on February 13th.  More information will be forthcoming. Make plans now to join us in DC as we visit many federal agencies and congressional / senate committees and staffers to discuss rural community colleges.

Autry Award Winner

The 2012 Autry award was presented to Dr. James Shanley.  Dr. Shanley recently retired after many years of service as the President of Ft. Peck Community College.    RCCA extends its thanks to Dr. Shanley for his outstanding leadership and contributions to rural community colleges! 

Innovator of the year award: Ron Ulseth, Northeast Minnesota Higher Education District.

Trustee of the year award: Mary Sheid, Missouri State West Plains.


 -   RCCA National Office

Dr. Randy Smith


   16196 S. County Road 198

   Olustee, OK 73560

(580) 477-7890

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 - RCCA members now have multiple discussion boards available on the member’s side of this web site.  Forums are available to discuss a wide range of issues that face rural community college faculty, staff and administrators.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   for a username and password and you can start using the member resources today!  Please indicate the name of your college in the email.

  - Need to advertise an open position?  Looking for a new position?  RCCA member institutions can advertise their open positions to a national audience on the RCCA website.  For more information click the jobs tab above.

RCCA membership is now open to individuals as well as institutions.  See more in Join RCCA.

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