Trailblazing a New Pathway: Challenging Assumptions about Community Colleges

These are the meeting resources from the 2023 Alliance Annual Meeting which took place from October 4-6, 2023 in Tacoma, WA.

Bound Together Through Our Shared Commitment to Student Success and Community Empowerment

Having served at community colleges, comprehensive masters universities and a large flag-ship research university, Dr. Lange has been inspired by the leadership teams at every type of institution.  Each team has been consistent in their focus on student success and potential for the institution to positively impact the local community.  Dr. Lange will share her observations about this shared commitment and how institutions can leverage that to improve relationships between community colleges and their 4-year partners.

Sheila Edwards Lange

University of Washington Tacoma

Perceptions and Value of Basic Education for Adults

This session highlights the perceptions and values of adult learners in Basic Education for Adults programs in the Community and Technical College System. Featuring a panel BEdA practitioners and students, we will dispel those perceptions of BEdA by highlighting the value BEdA programs bring to the state through students’ completion and retention into our CTCs for post-secondary credentialing.

MarcusAntonio Gunn

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Nicole Hopkins

Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

Katelynn Orellana

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Faculty Recruitment and Retention: Investing in Your Future through Internal and External Partnerships

Are you interested in recruiting faculty who are diverse in the identities they hold, their research agenda or scholarship, and their campus service or leadership interests? Do you have an initiative to assess your faculty recruiting practices and policy? Have you noticed a change in your candidate pools that differs from your academic program coverage and recruiting goals? In this session, your takeaways will include building cross-institutional faculty recruitment collaborations, developing a sustainable pipeline to grow the candidate pool, and creating an abundance mindset for a new initiative. The session may also examine how you partner with minority-serving institutions and offer support structures that diverse faculty may need to thrive. If you are interested in a campus or consortium perspective on faculty recruitment, you will enjoy this session.

Shannon Reed

Woodland Community College

The Role of Community Colleges in Improving Bachelor’s Degree Completion

The proliferation of bachelor’s level programs in the community and technical colleges altered the landscape of higher education in Washington and led to positive outcomes for students, colleges and communities. This session will share lessons learned and explore what the next ten years will bring for community college baccalaureate degrees.

Joyce Hammer

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges


Valerie Sundby

Director of Transfer Education, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Corrections Education: Supporting our Justice-Impacted Students

This presentation will look at best practices for supporting justice-impacted students. It will give a brief overview of mass incarceration and the Washington Corrections’ Education Navigator program that supports students transitioning from prison facilities to community colleges.

Hanan Al-Zubaidy

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Suzanne Prefontaine-Phillips

Spokane Community College

Emily Dykstra Jones

Tacoma Community College

Collaborative Synergy: Maximizing Institutional and Community Success through Strategic Partnerships

In a time of great financial challenge for higher education, public private partnerships have become a synergistic method for institutions to achieve strategic goals and strengthen connection with workforce and industry. Using a current partnership, this session will outline methods to develop creative, collaborative partnerships to drive strategic initiatives.

Kaylyn Bondy

Alliance Executive Committee, Bismarck State College

Mari Volk

Bismarck State College