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 CEO to CEO Newsletter 

November 14, 2014 | Issue # 026

At AACC’s Fall Meeting this week, community college leaders gathered to discuss issues at their colleges and to hear about “The Next Big Things.” We had great sessions on college completion, strengthening college readiness, designing and implementing pathways, and more. I think those who attended came away with new ideas to adopt and adapt at their institution. I’m excited to continue these discussions in the months to come and at the AACC Annual Convention.

There will be no CEO to CEO Newsletter on November 28. The next newsletter will be sent out on December 12.


“Tips from a Leader in Clean-Energy Training”

Kankakee Community College (KCC) in Illinois has a strong renewable-energy job-training program. So strong, in fact, that the Interstate Renewable Energy Council named KCC the 2014 Accredited Clean Energy Training Provider of the Year, the first community college to earn that distinction. Read an interview with KCC President John Avendano and professor Tim Wilhelm in the 21st Century Center to find out more about KCC’s clean-energy training program.

“Managing Ebola and Misinformation”

When Ebola surfaced in Dallas, the community college district office and its colleges already had emergency processes in place to handle health concerns on campuses. But every crisis is a little different, which requires some adjustments. In Dallas, the media hype over Ebola—and the confusion spawned by sometimes inaccurate information—was a main challenge for the Dallas County Community College District and its colleges. Read about it in Community College Daily.


Nominations Due Nov. 28 for the 2015 Awards of Excellence

AACC’s Awards of Excellence celebrates the truly extraordinary work being done at AACC member colleges. The 2015 award winners will be announced April 20 at the AACC 95th Annual Convention. The deadline for nominations is November 28.

Register for the New CEO Academy

AACC will hold a day-and-a-half preconvention workshop April 17–18, 2015, designed specifically for first-time CEOs. “New CEO Academy: Leadership and the 21st Century” covers essential topics that challenge every new leader. Seasoned faculty will provide firsthand experiences and insights on topics including developing positive board relations, mastering advocacy, problem solving, fostering the college mission, and understanding college finances. Learn more and register online.

Sign Up to Join VFA

Sign-up is now open for Year Two of the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA). Join your colleagues in this landmark initiative that gives community colleges better measures of student outcomes and is telling the community college story for the first time. Learn more about the benefits of joining during a November 18 webinar.


On November 11, I provided a presentation to the Louisiana Leadership Academy via the Web, and later in the day I met with members of the AACC Corporate Council. November 12–14, I convened and participated in the AACC Commission, Committee, and Board Meetings in Arlington, Virginia.

Find out where else I've been.


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