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New Partnership Signifies NJPA's Support of Community Colleges


The American Association of Community Colleges is a national advocacy and nonprofit organization that serves as the "national voice" for community colleges. The partnership signifies NJPA's support of the oranization, its 1,200 member institutions, and the 13 million students they serve.

STAPLES, Minn. (15 June 2017) -- National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a national advocacy and nonprofit organization representing approximately 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and their 13 million students.

In an announcement letter to members, AACC president and CEO, Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D., expressed the value of the partnership, noting NJPA’s ability to save schools time, money, and resources.

"Through NJPA's nationally leveraged contracts, members are given tremendous purchasing power," Bumphus said. "Now member colleges—no matter their size—are able to purchase what they need while being able to focus on helping their students succeed.

“By having NJPA as a national preferred provider for contract resources, AACC hopes, should you take advantage of this opportunity, you will see great savings and experience the value of a truly streamlined process.”

According to its website, the AACC has been the leading proponent and the “national voice” for community colleges since 1920. It has forged effective relationships on Capitol Hill and within the larger higher education community to advocate for resources and programs critical to its member colleges, and to educate all on the value of community colleges.

Each year, the organization offers a range of professional development opportunities to prepare, inform, and connect current and future community college leaders. The organization also offers regular communication on news and resources relevant to community college leaders and professionals such as research and policy briefs, enrollment trends, and funding.

The partnership signifies NJPA's support of the AACC, its members, and the students they serve, and serves as a formal endorsement of NJPA's competitive solicitation and contract award process.

“The AACC is a valuable resource to community colleges nationwide that looks out for the well-being of these vital twoyear institutions,” said Jeremy Schwartz, NJPA director of cooperative contract and procurement. “Leaders and professionals within the community college landscape are regularly being asked to do more with less. This partnership signifies our support of community colleges, and provides contract solutions to help them maximize their available resources.”

About NJPA

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota's nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with over 200 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.