Regional two-year college consortia serve as tools for collaboration on economic development and job creation approaches that are productive for their region. These partnerships enhance two-year colleges' ability to serve students, local communities and regions as a whole.
Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the grant expands the current AREON to the 22 public two-year colleges in the state. Spending from the grant includes $41.2 million for equipment and construction of fiber optic network routes to serve community colleges. The project is expected to be completed in 2013.