Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders


The Future of Community Colleges: Thriving in a World in Flux

March 22-24, 2017
Long Beach, CA

* Download the 2017 FINAL Program
(accessible version available upon request)


Conference Hotel and Travel

Westin Long Beach
​333 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: 562-436-3000

Please make your room reservations by calling (800) WESTIN1 and asking for the Western Alliance for Community College Academic Leaders discounted rate of $189.00 or WICHE (The Alliance) 2017 Annual Conference for online reservations (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser) https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1608196712&key=14C94C63. The cut-off date for the discounted rate is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, February 20, 2017, unless the block fills earlier. Room costs are the responsibility of the meeting attendees. Please note that all rooms at the Westin are smoke-free. Any hotel reservation that is not cancelled at least forty eight (48) hours prior to arrival will be charged one night room and tax. All hotel cancellations must obtain a cancellation number.

Airport Information

Three airports service the Long Beach area; Orange County John Wayne/Santa Ana Airport (SNA); Long Beach Airport (LGB); or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).


Taxi - Approximate rates

  • Long Beach Airport - $30
  • Los Angeles International Airport- $65-75
  • John Wayne Airport - $80

Uber - Approximate rates

  • Long Beach Airport - $40
  • Los Angeles International Airport - $35
  • John Wayne Airport - $35

Shuttles - Approximate rates
      Prime Time Shuttle:

  • Long Beach Airport - $25
  • Los Angeles International Airport - $20
  • John Wayne Airport - $35

      Super Shuttle:

  • Long Beach Airport - $50
  • Los Angeles International Airport - $20
  • John Wayne Airport - $37

What to Wear

Dress for the meeting is business casual. The average temperature in the Long Beach area in March is 70 degrees.

Local Attractions

Located in the heart of Southern California, Long Beach blends the urban sophistication of a big city with the relaxed atmosphere of a beach resort. Discover diverse hotels, world-class attractions, cutting-edge museums, award-winning restaurants and a thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, with 5.5 miles of sandy beach front, plus miles of inland bays and waterways, Long Beach basks in the warm glow from our year-round California sun.

After the program concludes on Friday, we hope you will stay and explore the spectacular Long Beach area. The Long Beach tourism website is http://www.visitlongbeach.com/.

Whale Watching - Come explore the Pacific Ocean and enjoy whale watching excursions off the coast of Long Beach. Many gray whales migrate past our coast each year with bottlenose dolphins, sea lions and migratory waterfowl also within viewing range. Most recently, orca and blue whales have been seen off our coast.

Queen Mary - Step aboard the legendary Queen Mary, the historic ocean liner that once carried royalty and celebrities across the Atlantic. Book the Behind-the-Scenes guided tour and see restored areas of the ship that have been hidden since the final voyage in 1967, including the Isolation Wards and aft Machine Rooms.

Aquarium of the Pacific - Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Home to more than 11,000 marine animals, visitors can get up close and personal with sharks and sea rays in the touch tank in Shark Lagoon and feed colorful mini parrots in Lorikeet Forest. The Aquarium also features a Behind-the-Scenes tour, 3D movies and special animal encounters. 

Santa Catalina Island - Santa Catalina, one of California’s Channel Islands, lies southwest of Los Angeles. It is known for its wildlife, dive sites and Mt. Orizaba, its highest peak. The resort town of Two Harbors lies to the north. To the south, in the city of Avalon, palm trees and cabanas line Descanso Beach. Avalon’s circular, art deco Catalina Casino is a cultural center with a movie theater, ballroom and museum.

The Pike Outlets - The Pike Outlets is the city’s newest shopping and dining destination. Located next to the Convention Center and Aquarium of the Pacific, the center features great retailers and entertainment options including Restoration Hardware Outlet, H&M, Cinemark Theatres, as well as a diverse mix of restaurants including Famous Dave’s, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Hooters, and much more.

Shoreline Village Boardwalk - Overlooking both Rainbow Harbor and Queensway Bay, Shoreline Village’s picturesque turn-of-the-century buildings house memorable restaurants and shops.