The Community College Association

Higher Ed Faculty Elected to CTA Leadership Team
For the first time in recent memory, a higher education faculty member has been elected to the leadership team of the California Teachers Association. Theresa Montaño, current CTA board member representing higher education, will join President-elect Eric C. Heins and Secretary-Treasurer-elect David Goldberg as CTA officers beginning June 26. The three incoming officers were elected at the April 12 meeting of the CTA State Council of Education. Find out more in CTA's news release. Pictured above, Montaño is flanked by Goldberg and Heins.
The Spring Edition of the Advocate is Here!
The spring edition of the CCA Advocate is hot off the press. Find out what’s happening around the state and on other community college campuses..
Community Colleges to Assist Displaced Corinthian Students
In the wake of the closure of the 28 remaining campuses of the troubled Corinthian College chain, California’s community colleges have pledged to assist the 10,000 students displaced in this state alone. Many of those students attended the 150-year-old Heald Colleges in California, a subsidiary of Corinthian. Nationally, 16,000 students were displaced this week by the college’s fall from grace. Read CCA's response and find out more. 
'Blue Collar' Prof Co-Chairs BOG Task Force
A one-time miner, steelworker, electrician and longshore worker, Long Beach City College professor Lynn Shaw (shown here in her "former life") is a strong advocate for Career and Technical Education. She is now bringing her union voice to the Board of Governors Taskforce on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy. Learn more about strengthening CTE in our community colleges in the current CCA Advocate
CCA Joins in Rural Colleges Conference
CCA joined forces with the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges to present the first-ever CCA-FACCC Northern California Rural Colleges Conference at Butte College. The joint conference allowed faculty the chance to network with one another as well as the opportunity to hear from CCA/CTA leaders and staffers like Alan Frey,( shown here), who provided valuable information to faculty, staff and administrators on legislation, the state budget, retirement issues and member benefits.
Have You Observed Part-time Appreciation Month?
The Napa Valley College Faculty Association has! The wall-to-wall chapter, which represents both full-and part-time faculty on campus, conducted a special presentation to its members and the Board of Trustees on the challenges faced by part-time faculty. In addition, the chapter recently obtained an office space for the part-time faculty and persuaded the administration to purchase three new computers. The faculty association and administration will also team up to paint, replace carpeting and refurnish the office. Take time to observe Part-time Faculty Month on your campus.
Solano College Faculty Demands a Plan
The Solano College Faculty Association turned out its members for the April Board of Trustees meeting this month in a show of strength and solidarity.
Helping Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
How can faculty prepare for the challenges of working with the increasing number of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Saddleback College counselor Zina Boratynec spent her sabbatical finding out. She has some strategies to share with her colleagues
An Injury to One is an Injury to All
Citrus College Faculty Association members Lin Chan, President Paul Swatzel and Justina Rivadeneyra were among your colleagues from the Citrus College Faculty Association to demonstrate their solidarity with their K-12 brothers and sisters of the Glendora Teachers Association recently. Glendora teachers have been involved in tense negotiations with the district over a fair salary increase. 
Campus Action for Part-time Equity
Like thousands of their colleagues from around the state and nation, Gavilan College faculty in Gilroy participated in Campus Equity Day in late February to call attention to campus equity and the working conditions of part-time faculty. 
Hopeful State Budget
Although Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 budget proposal shows promise, more funding for full-time faculty and part-time faculty benefits is needed. “We know that faculty are the driving force behind student success, so we will be working to make those changes with the legislature and the Governor's Office," said CCA President Lynette Nyaggah. See CCA/CTA’s budget memo for details.
CCA Discussion Board

Interested in discussing campus issues with your CCA colleagues around the state? Accreditation, legislation, evaluation– let’s start the conversation! Check out  CCA's discussion board  now to get the dialogue rolling. Just sign in and go.

Supporting Campus Equity
San Joaquin Delta College faculty (from left) Marcos Contreras, Wes Swanson, Cirian Villavicencio and Ed Torres display their support for Campus Equity. You can show your support by displaying a Campus Equity poster designed by CCA member Denise Johnson. Also check out NEA's poster that asks a thought-provoking question. 
 
 
Next Up, Fall Conference

CCA's three conferences have now concluded for the 2014-15 year. We hope you will apply the training your received to strengthen your chapters. Please encourage your colleagues to attend next year, beginning with the Fall Conference Oct. 16-18 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in San Jose. Stay tuned for more information!

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