Multi-State College Consortium Initiatives
CTC Consortium develops and coordinates multi-state community and technical college consortiums in order to advocate for new programs and funding. This unique multi-state consortium approach is aligned with recent developments at the federal level. Combinations, or consortiums of institutions, can achieve results where there are common goals and objectives. Through coordinated advocacy, CTC Consortium is creating new programs to benefit consortiums of community and technical colleges.
Conferences and Webinars
We organize and co-sponsor conferences for college leaders in Washington, D.C. and around the country. These conferences often focus on exploring federal funding opportunities, and feature speakers from Capitol Hill and federal agencies. Let us know if you would like copies of programs from past conferences. We can provide copies of speakers' PowerPoints and other presentations that may be of interest.
CTC Consortium also organizes webinars involving key federal agencies addressing opportunities and concerns on community and technical college campuses. In January 2019, we launched a monthly series for community colleges, Third Thursday Webinars.
Federal Grants Assistance
CTC Consortium collaborates with a Washington, D.C.-based professional grant-writer who operates as a women-owned, minority-owned consulting firm. Our win-rate for federal grants is unusually high: 75 percent of proposals submitted are approved. CTC Consortium services include grant strategy development; grant application assessment; outline preparation; themes development; grant and proposal writing/editing; caption writing; graphics selection, cover design and layout recommendations; and compliance reviews. We also review grant applications, in progress, and recommend changes to improve the chances for success.
About Thomas C. Downs, Founder
Tom Downs is a Washington, D.C. attorney and consultant who has provided services to statewide technical and community college systems in seven different states, as well as individual two-year public colleges in roughly 25 other states on a variety of workforce and education initiatives. The institutions he has served span from Massachusetts to Hawai’i, and from Alaska to Florida, including campuses of varying sizes and demographics.
Among many accomplishments for two-year public colleges, Tom pioneered the nation’s first community and technical college “centers of excellence” programs – related to unmanned aircraft system (drone) technology and maritime workforce. Tom works closely with the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor and other federal agencies, and with the United States Congress.
2015 – present, Downs Government Affairs, LLC
2014 – 2015, Venable LLP
1995 – 2014, Patton Boggs LLP
Chief of Staff and Legislative Aide for members of both political parties, United States Senate and U.S. House of Representatives
J.D., Washington College of Law, The American University
A.B., Brown University
Advisory Council, Smithsonian Institution
Board of Trustees, National History Day
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