2018 Annual Convention

Thu, Nov 15, 2018 to Sat, Nov 17, 2018
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
General Info

The League’s Annual Convention is the premier professional development event for California community colleges – faculty, administrators, staff and trustees. This event brings together more than 600 attendees and provides opportunities for colleagues and partners to share their tools, models, and accomplishments.

This year’s theme, Eyes on the Horizon, will bring together California community college professionals and state and national leaders, who will share their knowledge and experience.

The 2018 Annual Convention will once again offer great value while keeping costs down, and quality high!  You’ll discover:

  • General sessions with State and nationally known keynote speakers
  • High impact concurrent sessions  
  • Educational Showcase featuring League Corporate Partners
  • Focus sessions and workshops
  • Association and organization business meetings
  • Entertainment with host district student talent

Registration Rates

ATTENTION: Full payment for conference registrations are due by credit card at time of registration. If your college or district requires a Purchase Order (PO) for registration payment,  please contact Deborah Adkins at deborah@ccleague.org. An alternate registration form will be provided.

  Before November 2nd  Onsite
Applies if you are a college/district employee, event exhibitor or event sponsor.
$705 $755
Group Rate
Group rate applies for five (5) full registrations from the same college. A separate registration form must be completed for each individual.
$595 $645
Non-Affiliate rate applies if you are not a college/district employee, event exhibitor or event sponsor.
$780 $830
Thursday, November 15
includes all Thursday sessions and Educational Showcase reception
$375 $400
Friday, November 16
includes all Friday sessions, light breakfast, luncheon, gala reception, and reception row events
$475 $500
Saturday, November 17
includes all Saturday sessions, breakfast and luncheon
$250 $275
Thursday Educational Showcase Reception $85 $85
Friday Educational Showcase Breakfast $45 $45
Friday General Session and Lunch $75 $75
Friday Gala Reception $110 $110
Saturday Breakfast $45 $45


Cancellation Policy

All refund requests must be made in writing. To request a refund for your registration email League staff at cclc@ccleague.org. A $50 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after Friday, November 7.



(Schedule and Topics are Subject to Change)


Wednesday, November 14

As Scheduled                             Organization Business Meetings

11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.           Policy and Procedure Workshop

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.              Leadership Roundtables

Thursday, November 15

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.              Joint CCCT/CEO Board Executive Committee Meeting

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.              Convention Registration

8:00 am. – 4:00 p.m.               Organization Business Meetings, as scheduled

8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.           Pre-Convention Concurrent Sessions

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.              Joint CCCT/CEO Board Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.              Consultation Council

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.              CEO Workshop (invitation only)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Pre-Convention Concurrent Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.             Pre-Convention Concurrent Sessions

1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.             Statewide CEOCCC Meeting (CEOs Only)

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.             Officers Nominating Committee

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.             Educational Showcase Sneak-Peek & Coffee

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.             Pre-Convention Concurrent Sessions

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.             Opening General Session: Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, Californa Community Colleges

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.             Educational Showcase Opening Reception

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.             Board of Governors Reception

Friday, November 16

7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.              Convention Registration

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.              Educational Showcase & Light breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.              General Session

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.              Educational Showcase Coffee Break

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.           Concurrent Sessions 

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.        Educational Showcase Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Concurrent Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 12:30p.m.        Educational Showcase Closing/Prize Drawings

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.          General Session and Lunch: Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream, Inc.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.             Concurrent Sessions

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Coffee Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.             Concurrent Sessions

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.             Gala Reception

Saturday, November 17

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.             Convention Registration

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.           Closing General Session and Breakfast

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.        League Board Meeting


Hotel & Travel

Hotel and Room Reservations

Westin Mission Hills
71777 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Convention room rate: $179 plus tax, single or double occupancy
All Convention events will be held at the Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage. Picturesque mountain views and a secluded location offer an ideal location for meetings, networking and relaxing. Lush landscaping creates an oasis where guests of all ages can enjoy a multitude of recreation opportunities. Convention attendees also receive complimentary access to hotel’s fitness center and guest room Internet access. We encourage you to extend your stay prior to or after the convention for a relaxing getaway!

A reservation link will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

To receive the League’s room rate of $179, make your reservation on or before 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 22, 2018. Reservations made after 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2018, are on a space available basis only and are subject to hotel availability and current rate. Be sure to register for the Convention and book early as the room block may sell out before the deadline.

PLEASE NOTE: The Westin Mission Hills is a resort property and that guest rooms are spread out over the property.  If you have mobility issues, please be sure to mention that you’d like a room near the convention facility when making your reservation.  Additionally, you may request a golf cart for transportation from your room to the convention area by calling the front desk 15 minutes prior to the time you wish to leave your room.

Reservation Cancellation Policy

A non-refundable deposit of $179 will be charged to your credit card on Monday, October 15. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, please be sure to do so by Monday, October 15. In the event of a “sold-out” situation, anyone unable to get a reservation should check back with the hotel after Monday, October 15, and before Monday, October 22. Rooms may become available following the deposit deadline. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Complimentary parking for Convention attendees ($15/night value)
  • Complimentary guest room WiFi (up to 5 devices)
  • Complimentary newspaper Mon-Fri
  • Access to WestinWORKOUT open 24 hours a day with room key
  • 15% off tennis court fees and merchandise from the Pro Shop
  • Complimentary daily resort activities
  • To book tee times and receive 10% off golf fees at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort, please use this link and enter the passcode: CCLEAGUE when booking your tee times.

Travel and Area Information

On Thursday evenings, Downtown Palm Springs transforms into the Palm Springs VillageFest where you can experience a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruit, veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks, and sweets, as well as great shops, restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world famous Palm Canyon Drive!

 “The River” at Rancho Mirage
The River boasts a park-like waterfront with an entertainment amphitheater, live music, fountains and cascading waterfalls and numerous restaurants and shops.  A great place to enjoy the evening!

Visit the following links for travel, hotel and area information:

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session
Thursday, November 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
State of the System

Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Chancellor, Californa Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors appointed Eloy Ortiz Oakley as chancellor for the California Community Colleges beginning December 19, 2016. Eloy Ortiz Oakley is best known throughout California and the nation for implementing innovative programs and policies that help students succeed in college. Oakley strongly believes that California’s emerging economies demand a workforce with quality credentials and that the state’s 114 community colleges play a pivotal role in moving California forward. Under Oakley’s leadership, the Long Beach Community College District has received numerous awards and recognitions for its efforts to improve student completion rates and for directly supporting a strong small business and entrepreneurship eco-system throughout the greater Southern California region. Continue reading...


General Session and Lunch
Friday, November 16, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Achieving the Dream

Dr. Karen A. Stout

President and CEO, Achieving the Dream, Inc.
President Emerita, Montgomery County Community College

Since becoming President and CEO in 2015, Achieving the Dream, Inc., (ATD), Dr. Karen A. Stout has led the growth and expansion of ATD’s national network of community colleges to include new initiatives in a number of areas critical to their ability to advance their goals. For example, under her leadership, ATD has expanded the Network to include 32 tribal colleges and universities, positioned ATD as a vital partner in the guided pathways work, created a new model around scaling advising redesign, developed “zero textbook” degree initiatives using open education resources (OER), designed non-cognitive wrap around support systems, and placed teaching and learning at the center of institutional change efforts. Dr. Stout has received national recognition for her accomplishments and achievements in higher education innovation and leadership including Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s 2018 Leading Women, American Association for Women in Community College’s 2017 Woman of the Year, and Washington Monthly’s 16 most innovative higher education leaders in 2016. Continue reading...

Conference Highlights

Below is a list of events and sessions you don't want to miss during the 2019 Annual Convention. 

Thursday, November 15

(open to Thursday only and full convention registrants)

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening General Session

Don’t miss the exciting kick-off show and opening general session of the 2018 Convention!  Join Chancellor, Eloy Oakley, as he opens this year’s Annual Convention and enjoy great student talent from our host districts.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Educational Showcase Grand Opening

Browse the aisles and take a look at the fantastic array of goods and services provided by Convention exhibitors specifically geared for California’s community colleges. Shop, mingle, mix, eat, drink and enjoy the great student entertainment!

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Board of Governors Reception

Come meet the California's Community College Chancellor and members of the Board of Governors!


Friday, November 16 

(open to Friday only and full convention registrants)

7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Educational Showcase & Light Breakfast 

Grab some coffee, a light morning repast, and stroll our Corporate Partner, sponsor, and college Showcase!

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
General Session
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
General Session and Lunch

Friday's General Session Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc. Friday's lunch will also include:

  • 2018 California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Student Success Awards Program
  • Bernard Osher Philanthropist Award
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Gala Reception: RETRO DESERT GLAM - Party like it’s 1959!

Don’t miss one of the high points of the convention…the Gala Reception! Step back in time to late 1950’s Palm Springs – where cool and sophisticated fashion, sleek architecture and furnishings, and a burgeoning Vegas music scene were “desert de rigueur!” Relax in a vintage setting and sample delectable culinary offerings and refreshing beverages. Enjoy host district student entertainment and a few unexpected surprises! 


Saturday, November 17 

(open to Saturday only and full convention registrants)

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Closing General Session and Breakfast

The sun is up! Join us for a full breakfast and an early closing session to get you out on the road earlier!

Meetings & Events

Association Meetings and Events

Many community college associations hold membership and business meetings, workshops, and receptions or other events in conjunction with the League’s Convention. If your association is interested in holding such an event, please contact Cherie Savage at csavage@ccleague.org /916-444-8641. 

Thursday, Nov. 15

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
California Community Colleges Classified Senate (4CS) Board Meeting

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
Intelecom Learning (48th Annual Meeting of the Southern California Consortium)

Friday, Nov. 16

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
California Community Colleges Veterans Caucus (CCCVC)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
African American California Community College Trustees (AACCCT)

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
California Association of Latino Community College Trustees Administrators (CALCCTA)

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Asian Pacific Islander Trustees & Administrators (APITA)

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Campaign for College Opportunity Reception

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions

Sessions titles and descriptions for the 2018 Annual Convention will be reeleased in August. Please check back here later for more information.

Learning Strands
Sessions  will share successes and explore solutions to challenges in the following areas:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Student Services and Student Success
  • Institutional Performance and Accountability
  • Fiscal, Legal, and Administrative Operations
  • Professional and Leadership Development
  • Community and Global Partnerships


Distinguished Alumni

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

The prestigious California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented at the 2018 Annual Convention on Friday, November 16, 2018. Past recipients of this award inspire us all as they share their stories, accomplishments and contributions, reminding us of the importance of our efforts. The 2018 Distinguished Alumnus/Alumnae will be announced in August and the award will be presented at Friday’s General Session and Lunch.

The League has recognized distinguished alumni of California’s community colleges since 1964.  We invite you check out this impressive list of past winners.

Exhibitors & Sponsorships

The Educational Showcase provides an outstanding opportunity to learn about services and products that enhance our ability to serve our students and communities. Showcase hours begin with a special preview on Thursday, November 15, and end Friday afternoon, November 16, with a grand prize giveaway. A variety of companies will be represented including financial services, educational technology and support providers, bookstores, private contractors, educational consultants, and others.  

Educational Showcase Schedule:

Thursday, November 15

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.          Exhibitor move-in

2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.             Sneak Peek

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.             Educational Showcase Grand Opening and Reception. Due to liability issues, guests under 21 will not be admitted to the reception.

Friday, November 16

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.             Light Breakfast and Exhibits

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.       Educational Showcase & Coffee

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.      Educational Showcase Closing & Grand Prize Drawing

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.         Exhibitor move-out

For information to register as an exhibitor or sponsor, download the 2018 Exhibitor and Sponsor Brochure. For questions, please contact Lisa Mealoy, Director of District Services and Development, at lmealoy@ccleague.org.

Exhibitors and Sponsorships 

To reserve an exhibit booth or register as a sponsor, click here.

Exhibit Booth: General
Includes one 8’ x 10’ booth space, draped table and two chairs, listing in convention program, signage and mobile app, and one full convention registration.
Exhibit Booth: College/District/Affiliate Org
Includes one 8’ x 10’ booth space, draped table and two chairs, listing in convention program, signage and mobile app, and one full convention registration.
Sponsor: Gala Reception
Includes introduction at reception, opportunity to introduce firm, logo visibility and signage at event, two full convention registrations, one 8’ x 10’ exhibitor booth space, full-page ad in program, highlight in mobile app, listing in program.
Sponsor: General Session
Includes personal recognition at General Session, logo visibility and signage at event, one full convention registration, full-page ad in program, highlight in mobile app, listing in program.
Sponsor: Coffee Break
Includes signage at coffee break, half-page ad in program, highlight in mobile app, listing in program.

Advertising Opportunities

To reserve ad space in our program or mobile app, click here.

Mobile App Banner Ad $1,000
One-page Flyer Placement $500
Full-page Ad
Half-page Ad
Full-page Ad
Half-page Ad
Premium Program Ad Space
(inside front cover or inside back cover)

Special Prizes

Win just by attending the Educational Showcase and visiting our exhibitors, and by being present at the closing luncheon and submitting a convention evaluation!

  • Educational Showcase Grand Prize (must be present at Friday drawing to win)
  • Evaluation Grand prize (must be present at Saturday’s closing brunch to win)

College Displays and Information

California community colleges and districts are invited to highlight their colleges and programs with an exhibit in the Educational Showcase. Receive discount pricing by selecting the “College” Exhibitor link.

Sponsors & Corporate Partners

Sponsors & Corporate Partners

For information to register as an exhibitor or sponsor, download the 2018 Exhibitor and Sponsor Brochure. For questions, please contact Lisa Mealoy, Director of District Services and Development, at lmealoy@ccleague.org.

Here are the 2018 Annual Convention Sponsors  & Corporate Partners

Presidential Partners

Leadership Partners 

Associate Partners