COC hosts an­nual deans sym­po­sium

De­vel­op­ment of lead­er­ship skills to bet­ter help stu­dents get jobs is key with Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­lege Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice

The Signal - - NEWS - By Christina Cox Sig­nal Staff Writer

Deans from dozens of Cal­i­for­nia’s 114 com­mu­nity col­leges joined to­gether at Col­lege of the Canyons Fri­day to learn about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween guided path­ways, Ca­reer Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (CTE) and trans­fer into the work­force.

“We fol­low what the la­bor mar­ket needs, it re­sults in bet­ter out­comes for our stu­dents,” key­note speaker and Vice Chan­cel­lor for Work­force and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Van Ton-Quin­li­van said. “They are able to bet­ter com­plete and en­ter the work­force, they are bet­ter able to break out of poverty and achieve above the min­i­mum wage.”

The lessons were part of the 2018 Cal­i­for­nia Deans Sym­po­sium ti­tled “Pro­vid­ing So­cial and Eco­nomic Mo­bil­ity for Cal­i­for­nia” and hosted by the Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice (CCCCO) Divi­sion of Work­force and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment.

The sym­po­sium’s goal was to help par­tic­i­pants de­velop lead­er­ship skills to bet­ter align work­force needs with the Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice new statewide Vi­sion for Suc­cess goals.

“With some big am­bi­tious goals, we need some creative ways of get­ting to these bench­marks,” key­note speaker and Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chan­cel­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vices and Sup­port Laura Hope told the crowd. “Our suc­cess is go­ing to re­quire time, persistence and vi­sion and all of you are the mod­er­a­tors of those things.”

The Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice hopes the col­leges work to­gether to com­plete these Vi­sion for Suc­cess goals that in­clude: in­creas­ing the num­ber of stu­dents trans­fer­ring by 35 per­cent, re­duc­ing the achieve­ment gap by 40 per­cent and in­creas­ing the num­ber of stu­dents who earn as­so­ciate de­grees, cre­den­tials or cer­tifi­cates by 20 per­cent, among oth­ers.

“We sur­rounded you with key tal­ent to help you achieve your goals,” Van Ton-Quin­li­van said of the ed­u­ca­tional “ecosys­tems” the Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice is cre­at­ing. “We are work­ing to bring down si­los be­tween com­mu­nity col­leges and be­tween ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems… We must talk to each other and fig­ure out where the as­sets are.”

A ma­jor fo­cus of the open­ing key­note dis­cus­sions was this push to elim­i­nate each col­lege’s lead­er­ship si­los and fo­cus on cross-in­sti­tu­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion and plan­ning.

“I al­ways say we are pris­on­ers of our own struc­tures… It’s about col­lab­o­rat­ing, get­ting out of your silo and not be­ing afraid to let oth­ers lead and take re­spon­si­bil­ity,” COC Chan­cel­lor Dianne Van Hook said. “We do re­ally great plan­ning here (at COC). I think that one of your roles is to make sure your plan­ning is in­te­grated. If you don’t plan the work and then work the plan you’ll still be talk­ing about what you want to do two years down the road.”

Hope noted that this is the first time in a long time that the Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice as well as in­di­vid­ual com­mu­nity col­leges are work­ing to re­form their or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­tures.

“We’re go­ing through the ex­act same changes you guys are go­ing through,” Hope said. “We helped build those si­los, we can un-build them so a lot of our work… is about mak­ing sure we’re sup­port­ing your work in a way that’s more in­te­grated, more in­ten­tional and more co­or­di­nated.”

Strong work­force, guided path­ways

Another fo­cus of the key­note dis­cus­sion was the fo­cus on the col­lege’s Strong Work­force ini­tia­tive and Guided Path­ways pro­gram.

“It’s about what the la­bor mar­ket needs and get­ting stu­dents to un­der­stand there is great ca­reer po­ten­tial in those ar­eas,” Van Ton-Quin­li­van said.

With ad­di­tional fund­ing, re­struc­tured pro­grams and vi­su­al­ized data, the Strong Work­force pro­gram is work­ing to re­vamp its struc­ture, re­ward col­leges that get re­sults and high­light suc­cess in the Cal­i­for­nia work­force.

Through Guided Path­ways, the Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice hopes to en­gage its stu­dents to quickly com­plete de­gree or cer­tifi­cate pro­grams and en­ter well-paid ca­reers.

“Guided Path­ways is ac­tu­ally the rea­son I took the job at the Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice. To me, it is the most en­gag­ing el­e­ment we can par­tic­i­pate in,” Hope said. “We want to help stu­dents in their ex­plo­ration of their tal­ents, strengths and in­ter­ests.”

Over­all, the Deans Sym­po­sium’s goal was to mo­ti­vate and pre­pare com­mu­nity col­lege deans to pur­sue the Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice Vi­sion for Suc­cess.

“We all have the op­tions to do all of our own plan­ning within the Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice Ini­tia­tive and Vi­sion and the ac­count­abil­ity for car­ry­ing for­ward that ini­tia­tive,” Van Hook said. “In the spring, I will be tak­ing to the Board of Trus­tees a rec­om­men­da­tion to make the Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice Vi­sion our col­lege mis­sion.”

Chris­tian Cox/The Sig­nal

Col­lege of the Canyons Chan­cel­lor Dianne Van Hook speaks to deans of Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges at the 2018 Cal­i­for­nia Deans Sym­po­sium hosted by the Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice Divi­sion of Work­force and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook Univer­sity Cen­ter on Fri­day.

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