Download a description of the Preconference Workshops (PDF).
1. The New 21st Century Leader in the Community College
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 29
8:00 am – 5:30 pm, Wednesday, January 30
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Thursday, January 31
Cost: $300 AACC Member / $450 Non-Member
Many of the competencies that community college leaders develop to address the complexities in the education environment remain as relevant today as they were in the past. However, the "top down" manner in leading an organization is no longer acceptable or applicable. The new 21st-Century Leader must understand how to be collective-centered by aligning people around mission and values and empowering leaders at all levels, while making certain that there are accountability systems in place to ensure that the institution's goals are met. Above all else, the 21st-Century Leader strives to serve the students, and must provide high quality programs and services if our institutions are to remain viable and be a solution to the communities' needs. This pre-conference session embeds the leadership competencies for the new 21st-Century Leader within the concrete issues shaping the future of community colleges.
Target Audience: This session is designed for mid-level community college administrators who must learn how to lead and navigate the ever changing world in order to shape the future of community colleges. Participants will explore how to adapt to the needs of the community and its students and staff including technology, fiscal and human resources, as well as collaborations.
2. The NEW New Green Economy: Charting a Course for Community Colleges (3rd Annual)
Despite the challenging economic environment, a number of community colleges have created powerful and successful clean technology- and sustainability-related workforce development programs. Learn from three award-winning college experts who will offer strategies for course and pathway development, engaging industry, assessing the local labor market, and working within the college and surrounding community to implement behavior change for a more sustainable and healthy region. Participants will develop an action plan and be offered the opportunity to join SEED’s growing and popular mentoring network. "This workshop was extremely beneficial. I made great contacts, gained lots of valuable information, and am still working with the presenters to this day." Dean, Clover Park Technical College, attendee at 2012 workshop.
- Ginger Clark, Director of Technical Programs, Hillsborough Community College
- Marcy Drummond, V.P. of Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
- Roger Ebbage, Director of Northwest Energy Education Institute (and instructor, Lane Community College)
- Facilitator: Todd Cohen, AACC SEED Center
Target Audience: Community college leaders, including those responsible for workforce development and curricular resources and innovation, who are interested in building the green economy for the benefit of their students and their communities.
If your college is an AACC SEED member, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to secure a stipend. Lunch is included in this full-day program.
3. Developing Win-Win Relationships with Employers
Collaborating with business by delivering training and education aimed directly at employer needs is embedded in the community college mission. Join distinguished community college professionals in a discussion of the latest ideas for identifying and responding to the needs of businesses in your area. They will focus on proven approaches to helping employers achieve financial benefits by identifying the skills necessary to improve business performance through lower turnover, higher quality, and accelerated training. Learn how your regional economy can benefit from establishing an ACT Career Center and engaging employers in an ongoing conversation about the impact of workplace skills on business performance.
Target Audience: Session content is aimed at corporate college or business development professionals.
4. Partners with Perks
Where is the real work being done to prepare students for work? Join an innovative and committed group of companies from a variety of high demand sectors working with community college partners. At a time when resources and talent are most in demand, these creative solutions are inspiring and supporting new ways to link supply and demand. We will showcase and share business-driven models that provide workforce and economic development perks for your students, colleges, and communities. Come ready to package them, wrap them up, and take them home. Presenters will include chief learning officers and national company representatives.
Target Audience: This session is intended for workforce development professionals, contract and corporate program developers, and other entrepreneurial "rainmakers" interested in how to communicate and build programs and partnerships with their counterparts in companies.