Management Essentials

Management Essentials is back!
February 22, 2022
ACCCA Pre-Conference - Monterey

At this time we are planning on an in person event, should we need to pivot due to COVID-19 we will notify all registered participants. 

Registration for our pre-conference session in Monterey is now open!

This one-day regional training was developed based on recent surveys and feedback about the needs of today’s community college administrators and encompasses years of research. A key finding that drove the development of this program is that being an effective manager is essential in a political environment, but it isn’t enough to be successful.

Management Essentials is intended for those administrators who desire to learn the following knowledge, skills and practices:

  • How to manage up, down and sideways
  • How to extend their influence throughout the organization
  • How to forge strong ties to build momentum

A diverse group of seasoned and dynamic presenters will provide focused training on four topics:

  1. Navigating political landscape

  2. Engaging in crucial/difficult conversations

  3. Teambuilding and motivation

  4. Creating healthy institutional culture

This is an interactive program where participants are encouraged to share their experiences in a safe learning environment.

The $150 registration fee include all materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments. 

2022 Sessions (Some dates TBD):

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Monterey (ACCCA Pre-Conference) 
  • April 2022 in Bakersfield
  • August 2022 in San Diego
  • October/November 2022 in Sacramento

Get to know your February 2022 instructors!

Dr. Jamal Cooks

Dr. Cooks is the Interim Vice President of Academic Services at Chabot College in Hayward, Ca. Dr. Cooks has worked in higher education for over 20 years. As a former Dean of Language Arts, a division including English, English as a Second Language, World Language, and American Sign Language, Dr. Cooks successfully implemented an AB 705 procedures and policies, co-founded the Chabot Association of Teacher Education (CATE) as a pathway to careers in education working with colleges, and served as the administrator for the RISE Program, which is a student support program for formerly incarcerated students attending Chabot College.   

Dr. Cooks is an active participant in a number of organizations. He is an active participant in Association of California Community College Administration (ACCCA), as a graduate of the Great Deans and the Mentor programs, the President of the Black Education Association (BEA) for Northern California, and the Marian Schivers Scholarship Award winner in the Carolyn Grubbs Williams Leadership Development Institute (LDI) sponsored by the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA). In addition, he has served for over 20 years as an active member in a number of committees and leadership positions in the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), including the former Chair of the Assembly on Research (NCTE-AR), the Middle Level Steering Committee, and the Committee on English Education.  

Prior to community college administration, Dr. Cooks served as a full professor at San Francisco State University. He served as the Associate Director for the Educational Leadership doctoral program where he worked with a leadership team to direct the program, increased the number of the faculty of color as instructors, provided training to faculty about giving culturally relevant pedagogy, and chaired over 20 dissertations. During his tenure, he taught classes in Secondary Education, served on a number of committees in the department, college, and state, and published articles on increasing expository writing, building reading skills, and exploring linguistic diversity.  

Originally from Oakland, Ca., Dr. Cooks has a doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Culture and an M.A. in Curriculum Development from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Oakland with his family.


Dr. Geisce Ly

Dr. Geisce Ly’s career reflects more than 25 years of dedicated service uplifting students to achieve their educational goals and empowering leaders to be positive change agents. He has been in the California Community College system since 2008 and currently serves as Dean of the Downtown Campus and School of Business at City College of San Francisco.

He is actively involved with ACCCA—serving as Chair of the Management Development Commission, Co-Chair of the ACCCA Mentor Program, and Chair of the Management Essentials Program. Geisce is passionate about motivating others to live their best life and do their best work. He earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from University of Michigan, a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Penn State University, and a B.A. in Social Ecology from UC Irvine.


Mojdeh Mehdizadeh

Mojdeh Mehdizadeh currently serves as Executive Vice Chancellor of Education and Technology for the Contra Costa Community College District.  Her responsibilities include support of the colleges’ (Contra Costa, Diablo Valley, and Los Medanos) educational programs, student services, workforce and economic development, information technology, international education, distance education, research and planning, and grants. Mojdeh previously served as President of Contra Costa College.  In her early tenure, she taught as adjunct faculty of Speech Communications at Diablo Valley College. Ms. Mehdizadeh has been and continues to be very active in state and national associations.

Ms. Mehdizadeh holds an M.A. in Organizational and Intercultural Communications from Cal State University East Bay and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from San Francisco State University.   Mojdeh completed her undergraduate general education requirements at Diablo Valley College and is proud of her roots in the community college system.


Dr. Jennifer Zellet

Dr. Jennifer Zellet serves as the Vice President of Instruction at Modesto Junior College. In her 23-year career in Higher Education, she has worked in public and private, 2- and 4-year institutions. Starting as English faculty, she earned Assoc. Professor status at Rochester College before becoming the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Upon returning home to California, she began at Modesto Junior College as English Faculty gaining tenure before transitioning to Dean of Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences, then Vice President of Instruction. While at MJC, she has worked successfully with faculty and classified professionals to implement Guided Pathways, expand Dual Enrollment, and organize an Online College.  

Off the MJC campus, Dr. Zellet is actively involved in the Community as a member of Modesto Rotary (MORO). She serves as co-chair of the MORO International Service Committee, serves on the board of the SCOE Leadership Academy, and as a member of the SBDC Business Development Committee.  Dr. Zellet has been an active member of ACCCA for 8 years, serving the Great Deans Program, ADMIN001 content development team, as well as an ACCCA Mentor. Dr. Zellet has also served for 3 years on the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers board as Region 5 Representative (2 years) and now as President-Elect.

Dr. Zellet has an earned PhD in English and an MLitt (Master of Letters) in Scottish and Irish Studies, both from the University of Aberdeen, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Throughout both degrees, she was affiliated with the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies. Born and raised in the Central Valley of California, Dr. Zellet’s studies and career have taken her to both east and west coasts, the Midwest, and overseas.

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