Keith A. Brown, Interim President at Jefferson State Community College, recently completed the inaugural Alabama Cohort of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). The EPFP develops a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders from across the United States to work toward impacting effective public education policy and practice.
EPFP combines activities specific to each state-based site program with events of national scope to provide an enriching experience for about 300 fellows each year. Brown was one of four Alabama Community College administrators and seventeen Mississippi Community College administrators selected to participate in the 10-month intensive program for 2015-16.
The importance of year-round Pell Grant availability for all students was selected as the EPFP focus this program year. Brown and other community college leaders visited Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to talk to their Congressional and Senatorial Representatives about maintaining the $7.8 billion surplus in the Pell Grant budget as opposed to allowing the transfer of those funds to other programs.
“This program was truly a worthwhile endeavor that could have a tremendous impact for the students we serve,” said Brown.
The Mississippi and Alabama EPFP sites are co-sponsored by the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University and the Education Policy Center at The University of Alabama and operate under the auspices of the national Education Policy Fellowship Program of the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC.