Message from the President
Welcome back and happy 2017!
Letter from CCCAOE President, Julius Sokenu, Ed.D.
CCCAOE looks forward to building on its many accomplishments from 2016. A year marked by seismic gains for Career Technical Education (CTE) with the infusion of the $200M Strong Workforce Program legislation to build more and better CTE.
CCCAOE as the premier organization representing CTE/EWD professionals was front and center of the coalition advocating for strengthening our CTE infrastructure to meet the demands for high wage, high skill jobs, and increasing our student's opportunity for success to solidify California's economy.
Once again, you demonstrated the importance of our role as convener and provider of high quality professional development. We had record attendance at our 2016 spring and fall conferences!
In spring, we partnered with the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges, California Community College Chief Instructional Officers, and the California Community College Chief Student Services Administrators to deliver a historic joint conference focusing on the implementation of Strong Workforce Recommendations.
The robust dialogues and meaningful networking continued in fall 2016 at the conference in Rancho Mirage, CA with over 600 of you in attendance. The Leadership Academy continued in June with a mix of faculty, administrators, technical assistance providers, and workforce development professionals in attendance.
CCCAOE begun 2017 by convening stakeholders from the California Community College system, K-12 partners, social justice organizations, and the California Department of Education to examine Career Pathways initiatives with the intent of identifying a common definition and aligning initiatives.
This well attended half-day meeting on January 5th in Sacramento, continued CCCAOE's role as convener of important dialogues. Attending organizations have committed to exploring together in ongoing meetings and work groups an intentional design for Career Pathways.
It is clear that there are many conversations taking place on pathways, and that it is through a coalition of organizations that we can align those conversations to strengthen student success and respond to industry demand for middle skills jobs that provide a living wage.
We will continue to advocate for CTE/EWD, engage in meaningful partnerships to sustain the CTE pipeline, deliver high quality professional development that solidifies talent and leadership that fuels CTE through time. The goal is to impact the lives of you, our members, so that you can do what you do best, which is build strong programs and empower students to achieve success. CCCAOE does this work to ensure access for all residents of California to an education that prepares them for whatever career path they may take.
I look forward to seeing you at the Spring 2017 conference in Sacramento, May 10-12, 2017and at the Fall Conference in Rancho Mirage, November 1-3, 2017. Stay tuned to these e-blasts as your Board wants to keep you better informed of the numerous activities CCCAOE undertakes on your behalf.