America’s Got Talent Winner MICHAEL GRIMM
Performing at the GRC Event, November 17
With his soulful voice and earthy, Southern manner, Michael Grimm charmed millions of viewers as a contestant on Season Five of NBC’s popular show America’s Got Talent. Parlaying his substantial singer-songwriter appeal into a first-place finish, Michael took home the one-million-dollar prize and headlined the first-ever national “America’s Got Talent Tour.” Following that, he toured with the legendary Stevie Nicks and Heart, playing to arenas of 20,000. In the spring of 2011, Michael debuted his first major label release, the self-titled Michael Grimm, which went to #14 on Billboard.
Purchase your tickets now!
VIP TICKETS: $250/person and will include a Meet & Greet with photo, signed merchandise, raffle ticket for signed guitar, two drink tickets, appetizers and VIP stage-side seating.
REGULAR ADMISSION: $100/person and will include concert entrance only.
TABLE SPONSOR: $1,000 and will include a designated table near the stage with your company name listed as a sponsor with four VIP tickets. You can distribute the four tickets to whoever you wish (i.e. at your booth for a drawing) or your staff can use them. The sponsored table also allows ticket holders to sit there. Ticket holders will have full VIP access.
The GRC is looking for donations for the Annual Raffle, held at the AACS Annual Convention & Expo. Items will be raffled off and all proceeds will go directly to the GRC. In the past, items that have raised the most money have been: celebrity signed merchandise, technology gadgets (tablets, etc.), watches, basically anything YOU would want! Think of items that can easily fit into a suitcase for the winner to transport home. AACS and the GRC thanks you for your generosity!Raffle Donation Form
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Here are 5 ways your GRC is making a difference with AACS member schools and why it’s so important to financially support their mission:
1. Establishing a strong relationship with an influential Member of Congress with ties to our industry.
Representative Virginia Foxx (R – North Carolina), Chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training originally shared with AACS GRC Chairman Greg Jones, Past-President Mez Varol and other AACS members at a private event hosted by Tom Netting and Akerman Senterfitt this spring that her father was a cosmetology school graduate – having attended cosmetology school in New York upon returning from military service in World War II in the 1940s, opened a salon with a partner in North Carolina in the 50s, and maintained his cosmetology license well into his later years. Subcommittee Chair Virginia Foxx once again shared this story with the broader AACS membership when she made a special trip – forsaking time with her grandchildren and sleep following a 48-hour turnaround trip to Turkey – to share her views on higher education policy, her goals and objectives in development of revisions to the policy, and her commitment to working directly with AACS in her keynote address at the AACS Spring Management Conference this spring.
2. Preservation of eligibility for both Member schools and their students to respectively administer and receive Title IV – Federal Student Financial Assistance.
AACS and your GRC led the for-profit industry in efforts to protect and preserve student and institutional eligibility under the U.S. Department of Education’s State Authorization regulations (34 CFR, Section 600.9). Through the GRC’s efforts we have been able to establish unparalleled access to Department officials responsible for implementation of the regulations. This access has resulted in greater clarity in terms of the Department’s interpretation and expectation of the regulations, the ability to share this information with the state authorizing entities responsible for oversight of our community, and channels of communication which are helping ensure both state and institutional compliance with the regulations. It is not inappropriate to note that our efforts played a significant role in the Department’s decision to extend for one additional year State’s development and implementation of revisions necessary to meet the regulatory requirements and gain Department approval.
3. Development of a new AACS Institutional Database
AACS and your GRC are constantly looking for new and innovative ways we can continue to most effectively promote and advocate for your students, our membership, and the industry. This constant drive to ensure that we are as well positioned to promote the quality and success of our community led to the GRC’s development of a one-of-a-kind database – consisting of publicly available information – which will enable our association to:
- analyze and assess institutional and programmatic information and formulate reports and commentary based upon our findings
- rapidly and accurately respond to the publication of various eligibility data (e.g. annual CDRs, 90/10, composite scores)
- formulate proposals for either regulatory or legislative consideration based upon actual data, not speculation and anecdotal assertions
4. Development and submission of a comprehensive list of 2013-2014 HEA Recommendations
AACS and your GRC recently completed and submitted a comprehensive list of higher education policy proposals in response to the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s request for consideration in the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Once again using the “CARE Initiative” as the basis for our submission, we asked the House Committee to embrace as their guiding principles the following tenants:
Access & Accountability
Regulatory Reform and Relief
Within each of the four tenants AACS has developed a series of specific talking points, issue briefs, and legislative proposals which reflect the requests and concerns of our membership. As is always the case, these proposals are fluid and subject to further refinement, modification, or retraction based upon multiple variables including the direction of the negotiations, changes within the economy, public or political shifts, and/or new unforeseen challenges or opportunities which arise.
5. Maintained and enhanced advocacy tools capable of helping our membership advocate on their own behalf.
AACS and your GRC have long established your association and our advocacy team as a trusted resource representing the interests of our students and your institutions in Washington. In the constantly changing environment in Washington the GRC remains focused on ways to rapidly make our views known to the decision makers in the most effective and expedient means possible. With the addition of the GRC webpage www.aacsaction.org and the tools and resources available to the membership on the website, we have limitless capabilities which will enable us to continue to promote “who we are” as a portion of both the for-profit and broader higher education community. Moreover, the unique characteristics which set you apart from other types of institutions, the effective job your institutions do in preparing students – through high quality education and training – to successfully complete state mandated curriculum measured predominately in clock hours. Thereby enabling our graduates to pass an independently administered state licensure examination which allows them to enter a professional career which continues to be listed as “in-demand” by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The website and the tools and resources have already been effective in helping our community influence the development of key legislation important to your students and schools. Our Calls to Action helped Congress reach a compromise on Student Loan Interest Rates, gain cosponsors and support for floor consideration of H.R. 2636 – The Strengthening Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief Act, and shape the on-going debate on many issues which will ultimately form the basis of the next reauthorization of HEA. We hope and trust that the AACS membership look to this site for daily updates on higher education news you can use and as a rally point for the ways you can help advocate for the concerns impacting your students and schools.