Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders

Message from the Chair

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to encourage all two-year and community college academic professionals in Western States to join us as members of the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (The Alliance).  America’s two-year and community colleges are in our nation’s spotlight.  We enroll nearly half of all America’s undergraduate students and are proud to be known as America’s Democracy Colleges.  Our mission is about access, affordability, and providing students from all demographics and ages with the opportunity to improve their lives and ability to contribute to society.  The Alliance provides a wonderful opportunity to engage with your academic peers from across the Western States regarding a wide variety of issues ranging from student success, college readiness and remediation, retention, reaching the adult learner, dealing with the wide skills gap, technology innovations, and accreditation issues to name a few.  Your membership will provide you with access to our Alliance listserv as well as a discounted rate for attending our spring 2016 meeting which will be held April 20-22, 2016 in Missoula, Montana in conjunction with our University CAO counterpart organization, the Western Academic Leadership Forum.  We are excited about the 2016 meeting as it will allow for collaboration on keynote speakers of mutual interest as well as some sessions which may be of interest to both organizations.  It will also provide for excellent networking opportunities with your four-year and university counterparts.

Thank you for your interest in the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders.  I am confident you will find this organization to be of value and great interest. 


John Cech, Alliance Chair
Deputy Commissioner for Academic & Student Affairs
Montana University System