While we are ALL ready to transition back to an In-Person Event,

we heard from you and want to meet the needs of the field.

CCCAOE will offer TWO separate conferences to meet your campus needs.



Omni Rancho Las Palmas – Rancho Mirage



OCTOBER 12-14 AND 19-21, 2021



Schedule at a Glance plus Breakout Session Schedule

Updated on 09/08/2121    *subject to change

Safety Information

Safety Information Letter with Resources

We continue to be mindful of safety for all in these ever-changing times.

Please review the COVID Safety Protocol Information below:

Covid Policy Letter.      COVID Policy.      COVID Waiver.


Both conferences will focus on sharing high-quality practices that address a full range of issues facing

Career and Workforce Education educators, administrators, and other key stakeholders

as you seek to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the future of work.


We invite educational leaders within Career and Workforce Education including

faculty, K-12 career educators, employers, industry experts, or sponsors partnering with a community college.




ONE DAY OPTION – Price $275


Reservations at the Omni are OPEN.

Rates at the host hotel are as follows:  2021 – $179

Are you ready to transition out of your slippers and away from our headphones and virtual backgrounds?


Welcome back to an in-person event!


Classified Staff Package: Price $195 

Other Options:

Pkg A: $249 Six Sessions.   Pkg B: $125 Three Sessions.   

Pkg C: $59 One Session. 

General Session Options include: Keynote Speakers and Plenary Sessions

Are you ready to transition out of your slippers and away from our headphones and virtual backgrounds but just can’t?


We have got your back!

3 Days
in Palm Springs
Colleges Represented

CCCAOE’s Fall 2021 Conferences will bring learning to transform the model of career development around sustainable calls to action. The events are a vital component to the growth and development of career education and educators. Join in the energizing opportunity to hear from leaders and peers, who like you, show up every day in their roles as active leaders.


The goal of the Fall 2021 Conferences is to continue to foster inclusive conditions and sustainable action in the following areas:

  • Strong Workforce Program
  • Perkins
  • Regional Promising Practices
  • Industry Partnership Success Stories
  • Apprenticeship
  • Strong K12 pathways/dual enrollment models
  • Inclusive Practices targeting at-promise populations
  • and more



Workshops will provide promising practices that support student success, high-quality professional learning opportunities, student engagement & retention, system practices, using data to build high-quality programs, and building better hiring practices. These sessions are intended to nurture a sense of community between all students, innovation in diversity and inclusion for all students



We aim to cultivate discovery and problem-solving through idea sharing and community building. We seek to highlight the how and why of practices, strategies, or models and to facilitate reflection and engagement that helps translate VISION into practice. We are mindful of the need to discuss issues facing Career and Workforce Education educators, administrators, and other key stakeholders as they seek to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the future of work.



Get a relevant and exciting look at forward-thinking, cutting-edge professional, and leadership development to support your student success efforts. Gain knowledge and inspiration that will help you be the best leaders in your classrooms, school districts, and college campuses whether locally, regionally, statewide, or nationally. All to enhance student success from K-12 and beyond.


FALL 2021 Conferences

Event Overview

September 29th – In-Person Conference Kick-off Day

September 30th – In-Person Conference Day 2

October 1st – In-Person Conference Day 3 – Closing at 11:30

October 12th – 14th – Virtual Conference Week 1

October 19th – 21st – Virtual Conference Week 2

Michael J. Sorrell, Ed.D.

Transformative College President & Fortune 50 World’s Greatest Leader

Session Title: Going Forward: How to Build a Higher Education Model for the Post-Pandemic Student

Hardy Brown, II

Principal, Footsteps to Freedom Inc.


Sheneui Weber

Vice-Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development at CCCCO



Wednesday, September 29, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
CEO EducateX
Session Title: Planning with Storyboards: Compression Planning and Virtual Tools

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Plenary Panel: Dolores Davison, Robert Cabral, Stephanie Curry and a CEO/CIO

Session Title: Basic Structure of Governance 

Session Description: As California begins emerging from more than a year of Covid restrictions and regulations, understanding the authority and role of the academic senate, as well as the roles of students, staff, and administrators, is more essential than ever. Ensuring that a college’s governance structures function well in serving its students and the community is vital to the successes of the college moving forward. This general session is intended to explore the role of the academic senate in collegial governance processes, discuss how to effectively navigate the community college shared governance landscape, and provide an overview of the structure of governance work being done at the state level.



Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 10:30 am – 11:45 am 

Plenary Student Panel: Kevin Hazel, PTA, B.S., Ahizza Romero, PTA, B.S., and Amanda Johnston, PTA, M.Ed.

Session Title: Our Story of How to LEAD Impactful Change

Session Description: Have you ever wanted to do more to help your students? Kevin Hazel and Ahizza Romero will share with you- LEAD: a student-created and student-led program that emphasizes diversity and equity while creating leadership pathways that span from classroom to career. Discussion will include conceptualization and implementation of the L.E.A.D. initiative as well as provide a toolkit with resources that you can employ immediately at your institution.




Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 1:0 pm – 1:55 pm 

Plenary Session: Alisha Hyslop and Austin Webster

Session Title: This is Politics

Session Description: Join Alisha Hyslop, Senior Director of Public Policy at the Association for Career and Technical Education, and Austin Webster, Principal of W Strategies LLC, for a conversation on the political forces impacting our colleges and workforce programs.

Alisha and Austin will provide updates on the ever-shifting landscapes in Washington DC and Sacramento, discuss the latest in budget negotiations, and answer your questions on what to expect in the coming year.




Friday, October 1, 2021, from 8:30 am – 9:30 am 

Plenary Panel: Lance Heard and Dolores Davison

Session Title: CTE DEI Actions and Best Practices

Session Description: Over the last decade, we’ve seen an increase in focus on concepts such as diversity and equity across the nation. This positive development is evident in the support DEI efforts have gained from local, regional, and statewide groups. At the community college level, this has translated into efforts to encourage diversity and equity through professional learning, curriculum redesign, and other efforts that are finally moving DEI goals past superficial conversations and towards concrete efforts that effectively work to address structural racism and the difference in student success levels that it creates.



Friday, October 1, 2021, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am 

Plenary Panel:  Laurie Pendleton, Ani Kazarian, Hollie Fortkamp, Cindy Stephens

Session Title: Transforming the Classroom: Through Effective Instruction

Session Description: Higher Education institutions across the country have increasingly committed themselves to processes of self-examination and equity-focused change. In this context, attention to teaching and learning has never been more important. Laurie’s address will (a) highlight how instructors can ensure that the effective teaching practices are also effective inclusion practices and (b) discuss the key role faculty play in creating inclusive learning environments with equitable opportunities for all students to succeed. She’ll share the stage with California faculty whose work to create inclusive learning environments using evidence-based teaching practices has increased their students’ sense of belonging and ability to persist in successfully meeting academic challenges.

This conference is designed for: 

Professors &
Classroom Educators

Deans &
Program Managers

Administrators &
Administrative Assistants

Top 5 reasons members attend:



1. “My students are counting on me.”

Invest in your students and schools by attending. Get information, share insights, find solutions and ways to increase recruitment and retention rates.


2. “From a leadership perspective, I can’t afford not to attend.”

This is the only career education professional development opportunity that offers the leadership and faculty perspective. Partner directly with leaders in the education arena and collaborate with your peers to tackle the issues you face in your own district or regions.


3. “It’s how I follow education trends and best practices.”

Whether it’s issues related to budget and finance; innovation and student learning; leadership; equity; community engagement, communication or collaboration, this premier event focuses on key areas to share best practices and programs being implemented in the field.


4. “I discover practical solutions to education challenges.”

We deliver practical solutions to help Career Education teams improve education and economic development opportunities.


5. “It’s a way to partner with education experts.”

Spend time with our business partners on our fast-growing Vendor Show floor and find out how they can help you effectively manage and lead your districts with the various product and service solutions they offer.

Attending this event will kickstart change at your college

Get direct connection to a network of career education practitioners that share best practices. Learn how to navigate the California Community College system and advocate more effectively for your programs.

“As always, the networking opportunities to connect with folks in my area at different campuses is the best thing about this conference.” – 2019 Conference Attendee

“My favorite part of the CCCAOE Conference is the knowledgeable and dedicated presenters that took time to collaborate and connect colleagues from various colleges!” – 2019 Conference Attendee

Learning about what other colleges are doing across the state, the best practices, and insight to overcome issues… these are the reasons I attend.” – 2019 Conference Attendee


I have attended past events. Is there a place to login and skip entering all my information again?

No, each event is a new registration.

Are hotel accommodations included in my registration?

No. – All attendees are responsible for covering the cost of their own hotel accommodations

Will meals be provided to attendees?

Wednesday: Breakfast, Lunch, and Presiden’t Reception are provided.

Thursday: Breakfast, Lunch and Grab n Go snacks are provided.

Friday: Breakfast is provided.

(all as per COVID-19 regulations)

Is there a way to request a refund if I register and am unable to attend?

Yes. – Please consult our refund policy here.
Refunds will take 4 – 6 weeks post conference.

Can I substitute my registration for someone else?

Attendance Substitutes are acceptable. However, after the cancellation deadline, you are responsible for full payment.
Please email substitute’s first and last name, cellphone (for registration purposes) as well as their job title and college/organization affiliation to registration@cccaoe.org for name tag and registration purposes as early as possible.
Please include your name and organization in the email.


Amy Christianson, Executive Director


Mailing Address:
1800 21st Street PMB 205
Sacramento, CA 95811


Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort

41-000 Bob Hope Drive

Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270


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