President

Letter from the President

Welcome, VCCA President Wanda Davis-Alves

Welcome to the Virginia Community Colleges Association (VCCA). The VCCA is the longest-serving professional development venue in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Our successes and longevity come from providing a strong, unified voice supporting the community college mission, programs, and services to ensure student success.

Virginia's Community Colleges share the same primary function- to educate those who walk through our doors. Our membership is open to community college personnel, faculty, staff, alumni, board members, and friends of the VCCS.

I became a member of the VCCA in 2014. I have attended every conference and served as the VCCA Fundraising Coordinator since joining. As President, my primary focus will be to strengthen our membership by utilizing VCCA's professional development, resources, support, and building relationships by networking with colleagues.

I will encourage more to join the VCCA and hope their dedicated colleagues will inspire these new members. This work will support our goal in assisting our students to achieve their educational success. To meet this goal, I plan to advertise, recruit, and network to ensure all VCCS employees know the VCCA and its purpose. I ask each VCCA member to join me in this initiative.

We will provide members with relevant professional development and growth opportunities by:

· Fostering a climate of professional service and growth.

· Providing a medium for the exchange of information, issues, and opportunities.

· Encouraging the involvement of all interested individuals and groups in a cooperative effort to enhance the VCCS.

· Encouraging a beneficial climate for excellence in the delivery and support of teaching and learning. Strive to maintain an environment of academic freedom characterized by a high level of professional responsibility and ethics.

· Serving in an advisory capacity, through the Executive Committee, to the Chancellor of the VCCS.

If you are not already a member of the VCCA, I encourage you to consider becoming a member of this vital and growing organization! Membership will allow you to participate in professional development opportunities offered at the annual conference as well as regional workshops provided through the various VCCA commissions. VCCA membership will allow you exclusive access to our resources and networking opportunities.

Do you have ideas and thoughts on how the VCCA could better serve your college campus? Please don't hesitate to reach out to me at wdavis@jtcc.edu.