Coping with Hunger on Campus
With the rising number of “food-insecure” college students, faculty in California’s community colleges and CSU campuses are becoming more involved than ever in caring for their students’ basic needs. Read the article in the Educator to learn what your colleagues are doing about this crisis.
Mt. SAC Faculty Puts on the Hits Bigtime
The Mt. SAC faculty association’s annual lip-syncing show “Puttin’ on the Hits" is a highlight of the academic year that has created community while raising nearly $200,000 for student scholarships.
Solano College Faculty Builds Community on Campus
The Solano College Faculty Association is working with two other campus unions to engage members and build community by posting 'We Honor Ours' profiles of faculty and staff throughout the campus. People are liking it, according to SCFA Vice President Karen Cook, who helped spearhead the project.
Union-led Teacher Pipeline Program Inspires Students
“It Takes A Barrio”, a union-led program, is inspiring Latino students in Santa Clarita to go to college and, hopefully, into teaching.
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
Gavilan Establishes Program for Formerly Incarcerated Students
Faculty in California community colleges report a surge in troubled, at-risk students, many with criminal records. Now they are asking for the tools, resources and programs to help them help these students. Very few colleges have programs for formerly incarcerated students, but that may soon change. At least one CCA campus At least one CCA campus, Gavilan College, is working with a formerly incarcerated student to establish more resources.
LBCC '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.
CCA Members Honored With Hayward Award
Two CCA members, both part-time faculty, have received the Gerald C. Hayward Award for Excellence in Education by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
Anjeanette Oberg, an associate psychology professor at MiraCosta College and Melinda Kashuba, a geography professor at Shasta College received the awards in a ceremony in Sacramento. Each winner received a commemorative plaque and $1,250. Oberg is a member of the MiraCosta College Teachers Association and Kashuba is a member of the Shasta College Faculty Association. READ MORE
Imperial Valley College Faculty Wins CTA Communications Award
Imperial Valley College CCA/CTA/NEA has not only improved its communications with faculty across the campus through its newsletter, it won an award from CTA for the publication – and a trustees election!
Faculty association president Mary Jo Wainwright submitted it for a CTA Communications Award and lo and behold, the newsletter came in first place for best newsletter for associations with fewer than 499 members.
“We try to have a focus in every newsletter, plus offer an interesting profile of a CTA member in order to foster camaraderie and learn about each other,” said Kathleen Dorantes, English department chair and editor of the Imperial Valley College CTA Newsletter.
Among other things, the newsletter helped get the word out regarding trustee candidates supported by the faculty association.
“It worked,” Dorantes said. “All of our endorsed candidates won. There were many other means of communication, such as mailers, signs, and ads, but the newsletter was another tool in the arsenal.” Become inspired and see what a newsletter can do for your chapter.
Teaching Along the Border
Community college faculty go the extra mile for their students every day, but at Imperial Valley College, that mile extends to the Mexican border.
This Union Stuff Really Works!
After serving as president of the Merced College Faculty Association and now as CCA Director for District B, Keith Law discovered something valuable: This union stuff really works! Read how the association helped change the campus climate for everyone at Merced College. Law, third from the right, is shown here with active members of the association.
Mistry Builds a More Tolerant Campus
Butte College biology professor Shahroukh Mistry received the 2015 Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award from the California Community College Board of Governors for championing tolerance on campus.
Sierra College science faculty Has a 'Natural' Interest' in the Community
Drop by the Natural History Museum at Sierra College on any week day morning and you might see energetic groups of children marching in single file along nature trails, examining skeletons of fossils of local animal inhabitants, taking a “rock walk” or testing the knowledge of college student docents. It's all part of a project that faculty initiated years ago.
Victor Valley Couple Finds Union in the Union
Many who have attended CCA Conferences have found great trainings. Michael Butros and Tracy Davis-Butros found each other. 
MiraCosta Instructor Takes Breast Cancer Awareness Personally
The president of the MiraCosta College Teachers Association took a bold and personal action regarding breast cancer awareness when she chose to pose for life drawing students, exposing the physical scars of a woman who has undergone a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
Plan to attend CCA’s 2017 Fall Conference

CCA’s three conferences have successfully concluded for 2016-17, but you can look forward to attending the 2017 Fall Conference at the Marriott Hotel in San Jose Oct. 13-15. For more information on CCA’s conferences, check out the Conference section.

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