Mentor Program

ACCCA Mentor Program


The ACCCA Mentor Program is a statewide, year-long learning opportunity 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 within the California community college system.

Due to the current pandemic, ACCCA has transitioned all professional development programs to a virtual format. While this may not be an ideal situation to build relationships between mentors and mentees, our program team leaders along with the mentors have worked tirelessly to provide a rich and engaging synchronous learning environment that equips attendees with tools needed to succeed navigating through this pandemic and beyond. 

To be accepted into the ACCCA Mentor Program you must agree to participate in all mandatory activities including: 35 hours of training, two annual conferences (orientation and graduation), the Spring and Fall Retreats, a Day with the Chancellor, and the Budget Workshop. The fee for the 2021-22 Mentor Program is   $700 in addition to being a dues-paying ACCCA member.

Applications for the 2021-22 cohort are now closed.

Program Activities for the upcoming 2021-22 Cohort

  • Participants who do not attend all mandatory activities will not graduate from the program.
  • Kick-Off Meeting at the 2021 Annual Conference: February 17-19, 2021 - (Virtual event--included in program fees.)
  • Admin 101: July 2021 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.)
  • Spring Retreat (North & South): April 14-16, 2021 (Virtual event--included in program fees.)
  • Fall Retreat (North & South)September 10, 2021 (included in program fees)
  • Budget WorkshopJanuary 2022 in Sacramento (registration included in program fee/accommodations are paid by participant
  • Day with the ChancellorJanuary 2022 in Sacramento (included in program fees)
  • Graduation (at the Annual ACCCA Conference)February 23-25, 2022 in Monterey (not included in the program fee. A discount will be offered to mentees if this is an in-person event.


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.

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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