As we returned from winter vacations, news from Sacramento was only good. It appears community colleges are going to receive yet another spending boost next year, pending May budget revisions. Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) consortia are busy spending the money allocated to them for the year, while the ACCE Board advocates for the establishment of noncredit indicators, which would allow us to keep track of our students’ successes, keep our institutions accountable, and ensure the public at large knows how extensive and complex the work of noncredit is at community colleges throughout California.
Bob Parker and His New Role at Napa Valley College
You may have heard by now that our ACCE Treasurer, Bob Parker, is leaving San Diego Continuing Education and will be starting a new position as Vice President of Administrative Services at Napa Valley College. While we certainly wish him well, Bob also announced that he will be leaving ACCE by the end of the fiscal year. His departure means the ACCE board will need to do some reshuffling of staff to accommodate for Bob’s departure. In light of this transition, I would like to ask for your support of the ACCE Board as well. If you would like to gain more exposure to state-wide issues and work with other professionals in the fields of noncredit and community education, please let us know. We will find a place for you.
The ACCE Conference this February
We are also approaching very quickly the ACCE Annual Conference, which this year has been scheduled to take place at the beautiful InterContinental The Clement Monterey hotel, located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey. Conference registrations are picking up, and I believe the event will be well attended. We are excited to share and discuss the latest in AEBG, SSSP, student equity, and noncredit accountability, to name a few of the topics. We are expecting an array of representatives from the Chancellor’s Office, AEBG, practitioners from college community education and noncredit programs, as well as sponsors, such as CALPRO, CASAS, and OTAN, among others. We are certainly looking forward to an insightful and rewarding event.
I hope to see you all in Monterey!
by Jarek Janio, Ph.D. – ACCE President