California Leadership Academy

Grooming 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.

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