Building Strong Locals Academy Educates Members To Serve Effectively
It’s more important than ever for chapter union leaders to be knowledgeable and prepared for addressing the needs of our members. Fortunately, through its Building Strong Locals Academy, CCA is doing just that. Focused on strengthening local chapters, the primary goal of the Academy is to educate members to serve effectively at the local chapter level with confidence and a working knowledge of their rights and responsibilities. Approximately 20 faculty members from our local CCA chapters are chosen annually to participate in the Academy. These candidates begin their exclusive training at the Spring CCA Conference, and then participate in training sessions parallel to the Fall and Winter CCA conferences. The academy was initially funded by a grant from the NEA, but is currently funded solely by CCA. 
 
 Congratulations to the 2017 Building Strong Locals graduating class. From left, CTA staff Peg Tracey, Kurt Meyer, Emily Woolery, Wendy Koenig, David Hurst, Joey Merritt, Rafael Herrera, Tracy Redden, Joe Farrelly, Josue Arredondo, Anthony Villareal, CCA Board Member Phyllis Hall.
California Leadership Academy Helps Groom Statewide Leaders
Created by CCA leadership, the California Leadership Academy is designed to train faculty interested in leadership positions beyond their local chapters (such as CCA Board members). Like the Building Strong Locals Academy, the CLA meets over the course of three CCA conferences. Approximately a dozen strong union advocates are chosen to participate. The inaugural class began meeting during the Spring 2015 conference and plans are to offer the CLA every other year. CLA members learn how to debunk negative stereotypes of unions, about the various leadership groups in California, brush up on public speaking skills, learn about recruitment of members from various generations, discuss stewardship, get pointers on how to run effective meetings, and discuss threats and opportunities facing community colleges. 
 
  Graduates of the first California Leadership Academy are: Back row, left to right: Frank Post, Patrick Mitchell, Ed Gomez, Ali Arid, Tony Anderson, Paul Swatzel, Wendy Brill-Wynkoop, Eric Kaljumagi. Front row, left to right: Sheri Lillard, Vanessa Sheldon, Kristie Iwamoto, Tracy Davis-Butros, Adam Wetsman, Elias Escamilla, Josue Arredondo.
Plan to attend CCA’s 2017 Fall Conference

CCA’s three conferences have successfully concluded for 2016-17, but you can look forward to attending the 2017 Fall Conference at the Marriott Hotel in San Jose Oct. 13-15. For more information on CCA’s conferences, check out the Conference section.

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