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Library of Congress State Government Information

Find information regarding state and local goverment.

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. The association has ongoing interaction with key federal departments and agencies to monitor and influence federal policy and to collaborate on issues of common interest with organizations such as the U.S. departments of Labor, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, and Commerce and the National Science Foundation.

The association represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 12 million students. AACC supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media.

National Skills Coalition

The National Skills Coalition (NSC) organizes broad-based coalitions seeking to raise the skills of America's workers across a range of industries. NSC advocates for public policies that invest in what works, as informed by members' real-world expertise. NSC communicates these goals to an American public seeking a vision for a strong U.S. economy that allows everyone to be part of its success.

Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future identifies, develops, and promotes new education and workforce strategies that help communities, states, and the nation compete in a global economy.

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education – NRCCTE

The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) is the primary agent for generating scientifically based knowledge, dissemination, professional development, and technical assistance to improve career and technical education (CTE) in the United States.

The NRCCTE works to improve the engagement, achievement, and transition of high school and postsecondary CTE students through technical assistance to states, professional development for CTE practitioners, and dissemination of knowledge derived from scientifically based research.

Lumina Foundation

Lumina is an educational foundation which has traditionally focused on low-income students and those of color. Lumina is best known for its ongoing Achieving the Dream initiative. They have more recently begun focusing on community colleges and workforce development. Lumina's big goal is: to increase the proportion of Americans with high quality degrees and credentials to 60% by 2025.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Our education system is not preparing students for the demands of a knowledge-based economy and a robust democracy. It's critical to get this right, so that our nation's young people and their families have the opportunity for success and financial security. The Gates Foundation is focusing efforts on helping community colleges improve their completion rates because they are flexible, affordable, and accessible institutions that enroll the largest number of low-income students.


MDRC is dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income people. Through our research and the active communication of our findings, we seek to enhance the effectiveness of social policies and programs.

The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, our work addresses 21st-century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care.

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