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April 19, 2004 // UPDATED 1:19 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Community College convention features U.N. weapons inspector

The American Association of Community Colleges will be holding its annual convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center Friday-Tuesday, April 23-27.

Organizers expect 2,500 to attend the four-day conference. The association represents about 95 percent of the nation's accredited two-year community, junior and technical schools. It also represents schools in Puerto Rico, Japan, Great Britain, Korea and the United Arab Emirates, according to its Web site.

Community colleges are the fastest growing sector of higher education in the country, according to the association. Nearly half, 45 percent, of undergraduates in the United States attend two-year schools.

Several high-profile national figures will speak at the convention, including:

- David Kay, former chief U.N. weapons inspector, who currently works as a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies;

- U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Richard Carmona;

- Kweisi Mfume, president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People;

- Anthony Principi, U.S. Secretary of Veterans' Affairs; and

- William Raspberry, an urban affairs columnist for The Washington Post.

For more convention information, visit www.aacc.nche.edu