The Learning Center, features intensive courses and workshops on some of the latest innovations and best practices used in community colleges. Participants receive a continuing education unit (CEU) for completing each course and can expect to take home a body of practical knowledge and applications. Participation in Learning Center Courses requires an additional registration fee of $100 per 3-hour course and $150 per 6-hour course. Seating is limited, so be sure to register early.

6-HOUR LEARNING CENTER COURSE (1 DAY/6 HOURS)
Wednesday, February 28
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Community colleges are profoundly distinctive educational institutions, steeped in linkages to their communities and democratic ideals. They have grown into a major force in society and continue to evolve and expand in response to changing social and economic needs. Now, as community colleges face waves of retirements and new workforce demands, they are challenged to help increasing numbers of new faculty, administrators, and staff understand and appreciate the history, culture, and potential of this extraordinary educational environment. The Community College Orientation Course offers newcomers a solid grounding in the important fundamentals as well as an exploration of the intriguing future directions of the community college. Participants will engage in a full-day learning experience with community college leaders and colleagues from around the world. If you're looking for a program to help you or your new team members quickly get up-to-speed with community college culture and cutting-edge models for teaching and reaching students, the Community College Orientation Course is for you.

Mark David Milliron, President and Chief Executive Officer; Cindy L. Miles, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; League for Innovation, CA; Cindra Smith, Director, Education Services, Association of Community College Trustees, CA

3-HOUR LEARNING CENTER COURSES
Wednesday, February 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Project facilitators for the League’s 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project will lead participants in a series of activities to explore and experience processes for defining and assessing student learning outcomes. The workshop will include an overview of the 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project (funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts), an assessment of the status of learning outcomes at participants’ institutions, and models for defining, delivering, and assessing learning outcomes from the sixteen community colleges leading the project.

Ron Baker, Associate Director, Commission on Colleges, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, WA; Mary Hjelm, General Education Division Manager, Eastern Idaho Technical College, ID; Noreen Thomas, Executive Director, Marketing and Development, Schoolcraft College, MI; Joan Warren, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, OK; Cynthia Wilson, Vice President, Publications and Research, League for Innovation, CA.

Wednesday, February 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

This three-hour Learning Center Course will present a comprehensive overview of a model involving performance- based assessment of student learning outcomes. Participants will become acquainted with both the design and implementation of the model to assess student learning, including detailed statements of expected student learning outcomes, methods of assessing those outcomes, and institutional standards. Participants will actively participate in small “assessment teams” to evaluate samples of actual student work using the holistic scoring rubrics developed for the model. This workshop is a must for those at all levels of assessment expertise and in all segments of higher education who are concerned with assessment of student learning.

Jeffrey A. Seybert, Director, Research, Evaluation, and Instructional Development, Johnson County Community College, KS

Wednesday, February 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

Washington State is a leader in a K-20 comprehensive approach to counseling and student services. This workshop will address the vision that emerged in Washington State and the leadership role assumed by one community college in developing an innovative and systemic approach to retention and recruitment. With support from Project GEAR UP and Title II Grants, Yakima Valley Community College student services staff works closely with K-12 schools, institutes of higher education, and community partners to provide seamless support for students. Learn how this innovative model can be adapted to meet your local community college student needs. This Learning Center Course will also explore the “Future Search Conference” research-based model and how it can be utilized at the state and local levels to develop “vision-driven” counseling and student services programs. 

Bernal Baca, Past President, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Recruitment and Retention Specialist; Linda Kaminski, President; Kathleen L. McDonald, Project Gear Up and Title II Counselor, Yakima Valley Community College, WA 

Thursday, March 1, 1:15-4:15 p.m. 

Operating on the theory that "you don't have to be sick to get better," Foothill College has instituted dramatic changes through recent strategic innovations that have strengthened the college. These innovations include: (1) an annual leadership retreat that involves all college constituencies, (2) Foothill 101—a course for all staff that provides theme and focus for each academic year, (3) a mission-based college advisory/governance group, and (4) an award-winning staff/organizational development program that focuses on academic and professional leadership. This Learning Center Course will provide an overview of these leadership activities, rationale for transformational change, and a synopsis of many retreat experiences. This active-learning workshop will also provide ample time for Q&A and an opportunity for participants to rough out an implementation "game plan" for their return home. Come discuss these successful innovations and share some of your own; you'll leave with many great ideas for transforming and improving your college.

Bernadine Chuck Fong, President, Foothill College, Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, CA; Mike McHargue, Provocateur, Professional/Organizational Development, Foothill College, CA

Thursday, March 1, 1:15-4:15 p.m. 

During this Learning Center Course held at the Carter Presidential Library, participants will gain training on how to use a presidential library both in-house and on the Internet. The workshop will be led by a Carter Library archivist and by Jay E. Hakes, the Carter Library’s director, who focuses on using presidential libraries to interpret political history. Participants will take a hands-on tour of the Carter Museum and will tour the library and archives. Transportation is provided; participants will depart the conference hotel for museum one hour prior to the course start time.

Jay E. Hakes, Director, Carter Library, GA

Thursday, March 1, 1:15-4:15 p.m. 

The brain has an innate, natural learning process and an inherent need and desire to learn. When we know how the brain learns and how to create and teach brain-compatible curriculum, we can help our students be the naturally motivated, successful learners they were born to be. This interactive Learning Center Course will present cutting-edge brain research and theory, plus methods for creating and teaching brain-compatible curriculum. This course will also include hands-on experiences with brain-compatible learning activities that can be duplicated with students. 

Rita Smilkstein, Professor, English, North Seattle Community College, WA

Thursday, March 1, 1:15-4:15 p.m. 

Today’s employers demand workers trained in the latest technologies, capable of becoming effective contributors immediately upon joining the organization. These training challenges are compounded by low unemployment, workforce diversity, and rapid changes in the work environment. This Learning Center Course presents an overview of how the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, a system of 33 technical colleges, has met these challenges with several highly successful workforce development strategies. Specifically, participants will learn about workforce innovations such as Quick Start, an internationally recognized economic incentive program; the Certified Customer Service Specialist and Certified Manufacturing Specialist programs; and a successful and seamless education and business training model.

Jackie Rohosky, Assistant Commissioner, Economic Development Programs, Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, GA; Anthony Parker, President, Albany Technical College, GA

Friday, March 2, 1:15-4:15 p.m. 

A number of individual retention strategies show positive results for helping developmental students persist in college. Combining five of these strategies into a single retention program, Baltimore City Community College raised the fall-to-spring retention rate of participating developmental students by 26 percent. In this Learning Center Course, attendees will be introduced to critical program ingredients including learning communities, personal mentors, Smart Start (a strategy for getting students off to a positive start), a student-empowerment seminar, and learning-centered instruction. Join this interactive workshop to implement these strategies to improve the success and retention of your own developmental students.

Skip Downing, Professor of English and Coordinator of Learning Communties, Baltimore City Community College, MD

Friday, March 2, 1:15-4:15 p.m. 

Are you prepared to deal with disruptive students? Oppositional behaviors from students have become a challenge at postsecondary institutions across the nation. By understanding how personal belief systems establish expectations of student behavior, faculty and staff will be able to work through student disruptions in a more objective manner and remain energized throughout the process. Using video demonstrations of disruptive behaviors, participants in this Learning Center Course learn proactive strategies that give them the skills necessary to redirect inappropriate behaviors, diffuse volatile situations, and help students become successful.

Michael Novarra, Instructor-in-Charge, Career Development Centers, St. Petersburg Junior College, FL

Friday, March 2, 1:15-4:15 p.m. 

Utilizing effective models of service-learning practices developed through the support of Learn and Serve America grants from the Corporation of National Service and the Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges (CCNCCC), Learning Center Course participants will explore the pedagogy of service-learning, identifying key challenges in developing and sustaining service-learning programs at the community college level. This interactive workshop will also help attendees develop an action plan for their institution by identifying reflection models appropriate to their specific program objectives. Attendees will receive informative handouts, sample syllabi, bibliography and resource lists, and a CCNCCC resource publication.

Lyvier Conss, Executive Director, Anu Chitgopeka, Faculty, Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges, AZ

Friday, March 2, 1:15-4:15 p.m. 

Some colleges want new instructional programs so badly, they hastily settle for bad programs. Other colleges are unresponsive to local workforce needs because they are trapped in "analysis paralysis." This Learning Center Course provides a solution to the “Curriculum Development Dilemma” by introducing participants to the basic concepts of Performance Criteria Analysis (PCAL). The PCAL process does not take more than three hours of any workforce subject matter expert's time, yet it yields sufficient data to make wise curriculum decisions. This professional-level course is designed to assist college faculty and staff who are responsible for designing new instructional programs. Learn to differentiate between the roles of a process expert and a subject matter expert, while actively participating in learning activities and sharing your own expertise, successes, concerns, and questions for everyone's benefit.

Brent Kesterson, Dean Technical Education; Ngoc Truong, Assistant Dean, Richland College, TX

 

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