Mentor Program

ACCCA Mentor Program

If you would like to be notified when applications open for the 2021-22 cohort, please add your name to our interest list here. (Applications typically open in the fall for the next year.)

The ACCCA Mentor Program is a statewide, year-long professional development course that provides an invaluable personal and professional development experience. Program participants are selected for demonstrating a potential for expanded leadership roles in their current, or future, responsibilities with the California community college system.

To be accepted into the ACCCA Mentor Program you must agree to participate in all mandatory activities including: two annual conferences (orientation and graduation), the Spring and Fall Retreats, The Day with the Chancellor, and the Budget Workshop. The fee for the Mentor Program is a $1,500* plus you must be an ACCCA Member.


COVID-19-Coronavirus Update

Our office has been carefully monitoring information about COVID-19-Coronavirus and the potential for travel advisories from both state and federal agencies.  We are reviewing and making decisions regarding cancellation of events/meetings based on all factors and information we have at that time. We are taking every precaution at the venues to protect our attendees should the event still be held.  

Plans for future valuable educational events are in place, and we look forward to welcoming attendees, presenters and sponsors.

The CDC has FAQ information on their website about traveling that may be helpful.
The Chancellor’s Office has also released a resource page with helpful information.
CDPH Mass Gathering Guidelines

Here are some steps we can each take: 

  • Hand washing (minimum of 20 seconds)
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Cough or Sneeze into your elbow or tissue 
  • Stay home if you are sick and presenting with symptoms that are flu-like (consult with your physician)
  • Limit handshaking
  • Use sleeve or cloth/tissue to touch public surfaces 

We encourage you to stay informed with the WHO and the CDC as well.  ACCCA knows you invest a lot to participate in our programs and events and we are committed to providing a safe and healthy space for professional development and community building.


Program Activities for the upcoming 2020-21 Class

Participants who do not attend all mandatory activities will not graduate from the program.

Kick-Off Meeting at the 2020 Annual Conference: February 26-28, 2020 - Riverside (Not included in program fees.)

Spring Retreat - Jesuit Center, Los Altos - April 15-17, 2020

Admin 101: July 2020 in Irvine (Not required or included in program fees, but highly recommended. As a Mentee, you receive a considerable discount off the cost to attend Admin 101.)

Fall Retreat (North & South): September 2020 (included in program fees)

Budget Workshop: January 2021 in Sacramento (registration included in program fee/accommodations are paid by participant) Dinner (included in program fee)

Day with the Chancellor: January 2021 in Sacramento (included in program fees)

Graduation (at the Annual ACCCA Conference): February 17-19, 2021 in Monterey (registration included in program fee/accommodations are paid by participant)

Goals of the ACCCA Mentor Program

  • To identify administrators, faculty and staff who have demonstrated a potential for expanded leadership roles in their current responsibilities with the California Community College system.
  • To provide learning experiences to expand and enhance participant’s current leadership skills and abilities.
  • To offer appropriate training for administrators.
  • To provide participants with a network for career opportunities.
  • To encourage Mentor Program participants to seek expanded leadership opportunities within their regions or the statewide system.
  • To assure the availability of a diverse pool of skilled leaders for the future administrative needs of the California Community Colleges.
  • To encourage the networking of participants inter-regionally in support of improved working relationships and communications across the state.

Being a Mentor

The role of the Mentor is to serve as a guide, role model, colleague and expert to their Mentee. The Mentor guides the Mentee in the development and completion of their learning contract, exposes their Mentee to new and complex administrative tasks and processes, teaches their Mentee how to learn new administrative skills on their own campus, and introduces their Mentee to higher-level management systems and practices. Additionally, the Mentor frequently gives advice to their Mentee in the preparation of application materials and interviews for promotional community college administrative positions.

ACCCA Mentees and Mentors develop an excellent, caring network of highly competent professional colleagues in the State. Many of the relationships that developed when the program began in 1988 still flourish today.

The ACCCA Mentee Retreat and other Mentor Program activities are heavily participation-oriented with an emphasis on skill building and collaborative learning. Each Mentee completes a learning contract, which has a strong leadership component, encouraging participants to immediately apply knowledge, principles, and skills acquired or enhanced through the ACCCA Mentor Program. Mentees are responsible for arranging at least four face-to-face meetings with their mentor.

For more information on the Mentor Program, contact the ACCCA office at (916)443-3559.

*Payment plans are available

We would like to thank the participants of the 2013-14 class for this amazing look into what the Mentor Program is all about!


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