The RCCA is YOUR National Voice!


The Rural Community College Alliance helps its member public community and tribal colleges serve the 89.3 million people who reside in rural America. Our nation’s 600 community and tribal colleges serve more than 3.5 million students at more than 800 sites. They deliver general education for Associate’s Degrees for transfer, short-term non-credit workforce training for currently employed and dislocated workers, and for-credit first-certificate and Associate’s Degree programs of 18 to 24 months in length in technical areas that include nursing, engineering technology, allied health, and manufacturing technology tied to local and regional employer needs. They deliver non-credit computer literacy and proudly serve as regional cultural centers for the fine arts. With hospitals, they are rural America’s most important regional intermediaries for sustainable development. Strong, viable rural community and tribal colleges help to create strong, vibrant, innovative rural communities and regions. The Rural Community College Alliance advances the cause of rural community and tribal colleges and their more than 3.4 million students.


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Membership Benefits


RCCA has forged effective relationships with the White House Rural Council, key leaders on Capitol Hill, and key federal agency officials including at the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, and Energy whose programs are vital to rural America. Through those relationships, RCCA keeps community colleges in the spotlight, increasing awareness of their value, and fighting for resources and programs critical to member colleges and their students. As part of a network of rural colleges facing similar challenges and opportunities, RCCA members gain exposure to new ideas and a stimulating community of peers. RCCA activities and services include:


  • Annual conference on rural community and tribal colleges and rural development
  • Advocacy for rural colleges and the communities they serve as THE national voice for rural education and development
  • Advocacy with the White House Rural Council (visits made in 2012 and 2013), U.S.
  • Department of Education (2011, 2012, 2013); U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012, 2013).
  • Networking for grant opportunities and interaction with federal agencies
  • Exposure to effective strategies in education and rural development
  • Participation in peer-to-peer technical assistance network


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