Message from ACCA President
The excitement of the 2015 Alabama Community College Association (ACCA) is building and the planning momentum is accelerating! It is my honor and privilege to serve as your 2015 ACCA President and to work along with some of our Alabama Community College System's finest personnel who serve on the Executive Committee. The Committee is comprised of committed, dedicated, and hardworking individuals from our colleges and the Department of Postsecondary Education. A few of us were elected to serve as executive officers and a number of members have volunteered their services. Our Executive Committee is working diligently on your behalf to provide an outstanding conference filled with professional development activities that will impact your work and be beneficial to personal growth and development.
As we know, community college graduates are the backbone of Alabama's workforce and its future economic development opportunities. Nationally, there is an upward mobility trend proving that credentials, certificates, and degrees earned by our students make a tremendous difference in the quality of life they may have as fellow citizens. Research further shows that the attainment of these milestones has proven to be incentives to propel our students toward advanced degrees from associate to the bachelor level and beyond. Therefore, the professional growth and development of those who contribute so much to the success our graduates and the satisfaction of our clients are essential to our success as a System guided by three pillars - Adult Education, Academic Education, and Workforce Development.
The 2015 ACCA will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), November 22-24, 2015. We are continuing with some additions from last year - wi-fi for all meeting spaces and hotel guests and "Birds of a Feather" session to meet the unmet needs of attendees who have common interest and would like to meet. We are looking into a new addition to the conference by instituting a pre-conference event centered on leadership development. Get ready for this because it will be powerful and very impacting.
Planning for this conference is exciting and interesting within itself. Through our formal planning retreat held during some of our snowy days, the Executive Committee has identified five learning tracks in support of our mission and vision for the 2015 ACCA Conference - Teaching and Learning, Leadership Development, Workforce Development, Student Success and Services, and Support Staff Development. As we continue with the planning of the conference, it is very important that you identify presentations that you can propose in the aforementioned learning tracks. It is about you and what you need to facilitate your professional duties and responsibilities. Each of you is encouraged to submit a Proposal for Presentation at the 2015 conference to highlight one of the learning tracks, to promote best practices, and to share innovative concepts that are working in your delivery of educational opportunities to our students. This year's theme and the proposal due date are forthcoming.
I am looking forward to hearing from you and to seeing you in Birmingham. Again, it is my honor to represent you and our System as we move onward and upward toward greater opportunities for our personnel and those who they will impact from having participated in such outstanding professional development opportunities.
Bruce Crawford, PhD