Message from the Chair

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I extend an open and warm invitation to all academic professionals in the Western states to join us as members of the Western Alliance for Community College Academic Leaders (the Alliance).  As chief academic officers for two-year institutions, systems, and state agencies, we must make courageous leadership decisions in an increasingly complex higher education landscape.  Through collaboration, open discourse, and  unified efforts, we can all help our students succeed.   With creative energy, innovative thinking, and enthusiasm, the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders is committed to re-imagining the work community and technical colleges do through the sharing of information, ideas, and resources; working collaboratively towards common goals; and providing a regional forum empowered to represent the whole on federal issues.  When taking on large endeavors such as Federal grants or State Authorization, together we can achieve what individually is not possible.  As a unified effort, we pledge to address some of the biggest issues facing the community colleges and technical schools today.  Year-round networking is encouraged and facilitated, and you can use the Alliance listserv (ALLIANCE-ALL@listserv@wiche.edu) to reach your colleagues easily to ask questions or share information.  We share best practices and innovative approaches via our WICHE Toolkit (alt.WICHE.edu), cooperating with our four-year counterparts. In the spring we welcome your attendance at our annual convening.  Through both evolutionary and revolutionary change, the Alliance seeks to improve the region’s technical and community colleges’ educational experience to produce a better educated and skilled workforce.  Together, we can build a stronger future for higher education in the West.


Michael Cartney, Alliance Chair
President
Lake Area Technical Institute