Vocational Education Leadership Now!

Chair, Occupational Education Committee

March comes in like a lion in 2008 with the Vocational Education Leadership Institute March 6-8 at the Seascape Resort in Aptos, California. As chair of the Occupational Education Committee this year, I want to take this opportunity to share with you some of the exciting things we have planned for the Leadership Institute and encourage you to share this information with the vocational faculty on your campus.

Our theme for the institute this year is: Navigating the Tides of Change-Occupational Leadership Now. It is a year of changes throughout our system this year; campuses are hiring, budgets are under review, and potential new guidelines for Perkins funding have been proposed. The question is: will you be swept up by these changes or navigating a steady course through them?

The program for this year's Leadership Institute has been designed to enable occupational faculty to tap into the resources and information they will need to make informed decisions when confronted by the myriad changes they will face in the year ahead.

The Occupational Education Committee is working on breakout sessions that deal with budgeting, relationships with local boards of trustees and unions, and getting vocational faculty involved in discussions about the needs of basic skills students as we move ever closer to the fall 2009 implementation of the new mathematics and English graduation requirements.

The Institute cost is only $50 and covers all travel expenses. Registration is easy. More information about the institute and registration materials can be found at: http://www.asccc.org/Events/VocEd.htm

Please pass this information along to occupational faculty on your campus and encourage them to register early by December 27. If they do, the entire $50 fee will be waived!