A new agreement has been reached between the United States Department of Agriculture and the American Association of Community Colleges to expand access to training and higher education for rural citizens and strengthen the rural economy. Attending the signing ceremony was Lewis & Clark Community College President Dale Chapman, who was one of only two community college presidents invited to the function in Washington, D.C.

The agreement sets up a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that supporters say is an important step forward in strengthening the rural economy. Chapman feels it is the college's involvement with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, and theories on how most or all of the nation's 1,200 community colleges could play a role in watershed research that earned him an invitation to this event.

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The agreement also encourages co-sponsorship of events including conferences, seminars, webinars, and other networking events and joint events to identify and remove potential barriers to resources or services.

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