Thursday, November 16, 2017

State and National Education Leaders Meet for the League’s 2017 Annual Convention Highlighting Innovation at California’s Community Colleges

SAN JOSE, CA – Today, state and national educational leaders gather in San Jose for the Community College League of California’s (League) 2017 Annual Convention, the premier leadership and professional development event for California community college Trustees, CEOs, faculty, administrators and staff. This year’s theme, California Community Colleges: Creating, Adapting, Innovating, brings together industry experts and community college leaders to share big ideas, knowledge, and expertise that can increase the effectiveness of campus initiatives and strengthen statewide programs.

“The League is excited to host the Annual Convention in a region that inspires creativity and data-driven approaches to complex issues such as those confronting California’s community college leaders,” said Larry Galizio, President & CEO of the Community College League of California.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley will keynote the opening general session with a State of the System address on his Vision for Success, an ambitious strategic plan to strengthen California’s community colleges in order to meet California’s workforce needs. Additional keynote speakers include Simón Silva, Author, Creativity Crusader, and Speaker; Sandy Speicher, Partner and Managing Director at IDEO San Francisco; and Michelle Van Noy, Associate Director of Education and Employment Research Center at Rutgers University.

The Annual Convention will honor Dave C. Greenbaum, Owner/President of David C. Greenbaum Co. and Glendale Community College graduate, as the 2017 Distinguished Alumni. The prestigious California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a California community college graduate who is an accomplished professional and exemplary citizen in their community.

During the three-day conference, held November 16-18, conference attendees will also participate in sessions to improve student success, workshops that engage administrators, faculty and staff in new techniques and practices, and networking events to connect college leaders from across the state.


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