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  Pre-convention Sessions 

Pre-convention sessions are optional sessions preceding the annual convention. The fees for these sessions are not included in the base registration rate.

Pre-convention Sessions (Friday, April 8)

Fundraising for the 21st Century Community College: Our Future - Your Future
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Price: $400
Hosted by CASE and CRD

Every priority of the 21st Century Initiative requires resources beyond what community colleges possess today. In addition, successful presidents, and those that aspire to be, must succeed in fundraising in order to meet the goals expected of them by Boards of Trustees today. Therefore, the Council for Resource Development (CRD) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have teamed up to present a preconference session designed for community college leaders. Whether you are new to fundraising, or looking to enhance the culture of philanthropy on your campus, this preconference will provide the tactics and inspiration you need. In this session, presidents and top level administrators will focus on the role of college leadership in fundraising and the key factors to success, including working with the foundation board, strategic alignment between the foundation and the college, leading major campaigns, and much more. Attendees will go into breakouts for specific sessions on how-to topics and discussion throughout the day. Sessions will be facilitated by top practitioners in the field and experienced presidents, including Bill Craft, Linnie Carter, Carol Churchill, Leah Goss, Kathleen Guy, Carrie Besnette Hauser, Joe May, Matt Miller, DeRionne Pollard, John Sygielski and Tony Zeiss. Attendee will also receive the latest research, surveys, and white-papers on relevant topics.

Serving Low Income High Achieving Students: Model Community College Honors Programs
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Price: Free Admission (40 participants maximum)
Hosted by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Community colleges have a unique opportunity to challenge low income, high achieving students through honors programs. These programs also have the effect of catapulting students into success upon transfer to four-year universities. This session will explore the importance of honors programs, how they are constructed to get the best out of low income, high achieving students, how they are aligned with four-year university programming, as well as other key components of their implementation.

Part I: New CEO Academy: Leadership and the 21st Century
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Price: $500

Designed specifically for first-time CEOs, this two-day workshop covers essential topics that challenge every new leader. Meet with your peers in a learning environment that is supportive and serious, open and honest, productive and informative. Seasoned faculty provide first-hand experiences and insights on topics including mastering advocacy, problem solving, fostering the college mission, and understanding college finances. Get answers to your most pressing questions and network with both experienced and new leaders. Workshop includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials.

Legal Issues/Compliance in Community Colleges
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $350

This fast-moving session is designed to expose attendees to hot topics and legal matters unique to the 2-year college. Some of the best legal minds have been invited to provide you with the most current information on these trends and to offer strategies that colleges may employ to overcome the obstacles.

Transforming Remediation: Putting Design Principles to Work
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Price: $250

Core Principles for Transforming Remediation, released in late fall 2015, reflects the collaborative work of six national organizations.  The partners are AACC, Achieving the Dream, the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, Complete College America, Education Commission of the States, and Jobs for the Future.  The joint statement describes a set of principles to guide fundamental redesign of developmental education, with the objective of helping students build academic skills and successfully complete college-level gateway courses within their first academic year.  Radical redesign, a necessary step toward closing attainment gaps and increasing the number of students who complete college, can be both intellectually and politically challenging. This interactive session introduces the Core Principles, points to the evidence behind them, and highlights evidence-based practices. Join this important dialogue that involves national experts, college leaders, and participants in exploring both the principles and key implementation practices that are successfully moving the student success needle on campuses nationwide.

Pre-convention Sessions (Saturday, April 9)

Building College Capacity for Pathways Reforms
BY INVITATION ONLY
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Price: $1200 for a team of five

This pre-conference session allows colleges to advance their work on designing guided pathways for their students, with the support from the AACC Pathways Project partner organizations (AACC, Achieving the Dream, The Aspen Institute, Center for Community College Student Engagement, Community College Research Center, Jobs for the Future, National Center for Inquiry and Improvement and Public Agenda). Each college may bring a team of up to five representatives to participate in a day-long technical assistance session that includes brief presentations on the Pathways Project topic areas and then facilitated work sessions with the partner organizations and project coaches. College teams will leave with an action plan outlining the best next steps for their pathways efforts. [Note: This session is not intended for colleges selected to participate in the initial cadre of AACC Pathways colleges.] Open to 25 college teams of five representatives. AACC will invite 40 colleges to participate and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only the main contact for this pathways pre-con should sign up through the registration process.  The team members' names, titles and contact information should be emailed to Dr. Gretchen Schmidt at gschmidt@aacc.nche.edu.

Leading and Sustaining an Inclusive Organization: Be the Bold Community College Leader!
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Price: $350
Offered by NAPIC, NCBAA, and the NCCHC

The American community college requires bold leadership in transforming institutions. This interactive workshop is designed for leaders who aspire to be successful in CEO positions and are ready to engage in conversations with successful leaders about institutional mission, values, and change. Presenters include current leaders in community colleges who will share strategies and insights in leadership development; their perspectives about the continued need to hire and sustain diverse leadership, and engage in conversations about the challenges of leadership while engaging in institutional transformation. Leadership challenges will be shared through case studies followed by discussions among workshop attendees.

Part II: New CEO Academy: Leadership and the 21st Century
PART I and PART II must be completed together
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Designed specifically for first-time CEOs, this two-day workshop covers essential topics that challenge every new leader. Meet with your peers in a learning environment that is supportive and serious, open and honest, productive and informative. Seasoned faculty provide first-hand experiences and insights on topics including mastering advocacy, problem solving, fostering the college mission, and understanding college finances. Get answers to your most pressing questions and network with both experienced and new leaders. Workshop includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials.

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