2018 Annual Convention

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


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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. For questions regarding registration, please email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org.

Online registration for the 2018 Annual Convention closes on November 2, 2018. Registration will be available onsite.

  Before November 2nd  After November 2nd
Applies if you are a college/district employee, event exhibitor or event sponsor. This rate includes all conference meals.
$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. This rate includes all conference meals.
$595 $645
Non-Affiliate rate applies if you are not a college/district employee, event exhibitor or event sponsor. This rate includes all conference meals.
$780 $830
Thursday, November 15
Includes all Thursday sessions, Educational Showcase reception, and Board of Governors Reception
$375 $400
Friday, November 16
Includes all Friday sessions, light breakfast, luncheon, gala reception, and evening events
$475 $500
Saturday, November 17
Includes Saturday breakfast and the closing general session
$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 Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org. A $50 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after Friday, November 9.



(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
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Leadership Roundtable (invitation only)

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. Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 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. Concurrent Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Statewide CEOCCC Meeting (CEOs Only)
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CCCT Officers Nominating Committee
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Educational Showcase Sneak-Peek & Coffee
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Opening General Session: State of the System 
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Educational Showcase Opening Reception
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Board of Governors Reception

Friday, November 16

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Convention Registration
7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. League Board Meeting (By Invitation Only)
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Educational Showcase & Light Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. General Session: 2018 General Election Post-Mortem
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: Achieving the Dream
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: Advancing Transformational Change
for Incarcerated Students


Hotel & Travel

Hotel and Room Reservations

Westin Mission Hills
71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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!

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.


With higher than average registration numbers, the hotel room block is sold out. We recommend using this link or another online hotel reservations site to make reservations at an alternate hotel. After making your reservation, you’re welcome to call the Westin (760-424-3283) and request to be placed on a waiting list to be included in the League's Annual Convention hotel room block. You will be notified in the event of a cancellation and can then cancel your alternate hotel reservation. We recommend making an alternate reservation in the event cancellations do not occur.

Nearest hotels to the Westin (be sure to check cancellation policy on alternate hotels):

  • Westin (Convention headquarters) rate on recommended link is $249. This is $30-$50 less than on the Westin’s website
  • Westin Villas (.7 mi.)
  • Agua Caliente Casino (2.3 miles)
  • Marriott Shadow Ridge (3.3 miles)


Hotel 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

The Westin’s Balloon Glow and Swing Dance – See event poster
The Westin Mission Hills Hotel & Spa invites Convention attendees to the 2018 Balloon Glow Concert & Swing Dance, benefitting the American Heart Association. The Westin has made tickets available to attendees at a discounted rate of $25 (regular rate is $40). Food and beverage will be available for sale at the event. To purchase tickets, use this link and select “General Admission.” 

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, California 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. Continue reading...

General Session
Friday, November 16, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
2018 General Election Post-Mortem

Mindy Romero, Founder & Director, California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy

Mindy Romero is the founder and director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, in Sacramento. Romero is a political sociologist and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on political behavior and race/ethnicity, and seeks to explain patterns of voting and political underrepresentation, particularly among youth and communities of color in California and the U.S. Continue reading...

Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center

Chris Hoene became the Budget Center’s executive director in October 2012, bringing to the organization 15 years of leadership in state and local policy research and analysis. He leads the strategic direction of the organization, acts as primary spokesperson, and works with the board of directors and community partners to implement our vision and mission. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Chris was director of the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, housing, poverty reduction, infrastructure, and governance.  Continue reading...

James Lance Taylor, Professor and Author, University of San Francisco

Professor James Lance Taylor is author of the book Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama, which earned 2012 "Outstanding Academic Title" - Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. (Ranked top 2 percent of 25,000 books submitted and top 8 percent of 7,300 actually accepted for review by the American Library Association). Rated “Best of the Best.” The hardback version sold out in the U.S. and the paperback version was published in 2014. Continue reading...

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

Karen A. Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream, Inc.; and 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. Continue reading...

Closing General Session and Breakfast
Saturday, November 17, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Advancing Transformational Change for Incarcerated Students

Keith Curry, President/CEO, Compton College

Keith Curry joined Compton College in 2011. Curry led Compton College through the restoration of its accreditation and helped it become California’s 114th community college. Prior to his role as President, Dr. Curry served as the El Camino College Compton Center dean of student services since 2006. Continue reading...


Celia Esposito-Noy, President/Superintendent, Solano College

Celia began her higher education career as classified staff at Chabot College supervising tutoring services. Following graduate school, she served as a dean at a liberal arts college before returning to work in the community college system as adjunct faculty, director, associate vice president, vice president, interim president and most recently as Vice Chancellor, Educational Services at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. Continue reading...

Laura Hope, Executive Vice Chancellor for Educational Services, California Community Colleges

Laura Hope joined the Chancellor’s Office in August 2017 as executive vice chancellor for Educational Services, a post responsible for overseeing Academic Affairs and Student Services. She provides both leadership and technical assistance for policy and programs supporting student access, equity and success and is playing a critical role in the widespread adoption of the California Community Colleges’ Guided Pathways framework. Continue reading...


Tina Curiel-Allen, UC Davis Student; and Xicana/Boricua Poet & Writer

Tina Curiel-Allen is a Xicana/Boricua poet and writer, and formerly incarcerated. She is currently in her last year as an undergrad student at UC Davis, studying Xicanx Studies with a focus on Social Policy. Continue reading...

Convention 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 Ortiz 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. – 8:30 p.m.
Board of Governors Reception

Come meet our California Community College State Chancellor and members of the Board of Governors!


Friday, November 16 

(open to Friday only and full convention registrants)

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Educational Showcase & Light Breakfast 

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

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
General Session

Friday morning's General Session will give you a breakdown of the 2018 General Election. What happened? Why? And what does it mean for California’s community college students, leaders and stakeholders?  The discussion will be moderated by League President & CEO Larry Galizio. Panelists include:

  • Mindy Romero, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) 
  • Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center 
  • James Lance Taylor, Professor and Author, University of San Francisco
12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
General Session and Lunch

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

  • 2018 California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award
  • California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Student Success Awards
  • Bernard Osher Philanthropist Award
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 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

A full breakfast and an engaging closing session to get you out on the road earlier! Saturday's closing session will be a panel discussion on how California's community colleges are changing the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students.

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

 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. (By Invitation Only)
Community College League of California Board of Directors

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

Joint Caucus Town Hall Meeting

Session Materials

Session Materials

Thursday, November 15

Friday, November 16

Distinguished Alumni

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

George L. Pla 
President & CEO, Cordoba Corporation 
East Los Angeles College

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 to 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.  

For questions, please contact Lisa Mealoy, Director of District Services and Development, at lmealoy@ccleague.org.

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

Exhibitors and Sponsorships 

Exhibit Booth: General
Includes one 8’ x 10’ booth space, draped table and two chairs, listing in the 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 the 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

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


Coffee Break Sponsor


General Session Sponsor


Educational Showcase Reception Sponsor

Gala Reception Sponsor

Student Housing Session Sponsors

Host Districts

Convention Host Districts

Special thanks to College of the Desert (Convention Host District) and East Los Angeles College (Guest Host College) for providing student talent and other college resources for this year’s Convention.


Wildfire Relief

California Wildfire Relief

Thousands of California Community College students, faculty, and staff have been affected by the devastating fires throughout the state. We encourage you to support wildfire relief efforts throughout the state. 

Butte College Student Wildfire Relief Fund

Butte College Faculty/Staff Wildfire Relief Fun 

Oxnard College

Los Angeles Pierce College

Foundation for California Community Colleges Relief Fund
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