In service since 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges has aptly been called the "voice of America's community colleges." The Association represents and advocates for nearly 1,200 associate-degree granting institutions enrolling more than 13 million students – almost half of all U.S. undergraduates.
The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) was established to address the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized portable certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards.
Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert has been named to two national-level, higher-education leadership positions.
In April, Lambert was named to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), just a month after taking over as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).
“I’m honored and excited to join AACC in this leadership position at such a critical time for higher education,” Lambert said. He was named as a Council Representative at the AACC annual convention, April 21-24, in Orlando, Fla.
“AACC is the leading advocate and voice for community colleges at the national level,” Lambert said. “Shoreline is working hard to find innovative ways to meet the needs of our students, our communities and our industry and education partners. I’ll work to foster that spirit of innovation on a broader scale.”
In March, Lambert was chosen to lead the board at NC3.
“NC3 is a group of educational institutions and industry partners dedicated to creating strong partnerships,” Lambert said. “The core idea of the NC3 partners is to develop, implement and sustain certifications that are industry-recognized and portable for the student.”
Lambert said NC3 is focused on the transportation, energy, and aviation sectors.
“At Shoreline, we worked with aerospace companies to develop a two-quarter program that gives students the skills to get hired right away and industry the employable workers they need now,” he said. “We also have the premier automotive technician training center in the country, a program that others from around the world come to see.”
On April 17, Lambert testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee about Shoreline’s experiences.
“Our effort is centered on our partners and students and making it work for them,” Lambert said. “When the college can stay focused on the needs of partners and students, everybody wins.”
Gidget Terpstra, Chair of Shoreline’s Board of Trustees, applauded the appointments for Lambert.
“Lee’s leadership on campus and at the national level helps others to see Shoreline as we see it; a great place for students to learn and change their lives,” Terpstra said “We’re fortunate to have Lee working toward innovation, developing strong partnerships and stressing student success in our current evolving world market to guide the college through these difficult times of change.”