Announcements & Updates

Check out what happened at the 2015 RCCA Conference in Reno, Nevada


A big thanks to all of this year’s members, presenters, vendors,  sponsors, and partners for another wonderful conference.  If you missed it, or just want follow up with any of this year’s fabulous presentations, speakers and/or sponsors, this page is for you!


  1. Responding to a Performance-Based Funding Policy: Small Rural Community College Perspectives

    Zoë Mercedes Thornton, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Drake University Janice Nahra Friedel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Iowa State University

  2. Rescuing Troubled Programs Using a Combined Curriculum Modularization and Integrated Marketing Approach

    Dr. Larry Whitworth, President Emeritus of Washtenaw Community College

  3. Community Partnerships at a Rural Community College: Working with a Government Entity to Launch a Capital Project

    Thomas W. Newsom, Ph.D., President, Mesalands Community College.

  4. Working as a Team across 96,000 Square Miles: Shared Services in Institutional Research and Effectiveness

    Cathy Fulkerson, Director Tina Nelson, Programmer/Analyst

  5. A Journey to the Top 2 Percent

    Jill Holmes, Business Faculty, Riverland Community College, Austin Campus Kim Hansen, Accounting Faculty, Riverland Community College, Albert Lea Campus Sheryl Barton, Business and Office Technology Faculty, Riverland Community College, Albert Lea Campus

  6. Leveraging Reverse Auction for Procurement Savings: Success at Tarrant County College District

    Gary Wilson, Vice President Market Development, E&I Cooperative Services Mike Herndon, Director of Procurement, Tarrant County College District Sue Peters, Market Development Executive, E&I Cooperative Services

  7. Providing Postsecondary Educational Opportunities to One of the Nation’s Most Rural Areas

    Dr. Mark Curtis, President, Great Basin College Mrs. Lisa Frazier, Associate Vice President, Distance Education, Great Basin College Mr. Robert Hannu, Coordinator, Interactive Video, Great Basin College

  8. Leadership Development for Students at Mid-Plains Community College

    Andy Long, VP, McCook Community College

  9. Federal Student Loans in Rural Appalachia: Maintaining Access and Preventing Default

    Judith Witherspoon, Senior Vice President, Edfinancial Services

  10. Building Engagement: Facilities and the Completion Agenda

    Dr. Luke Robins, President, Peninsula College Deborah Frazier, VP, Peninsula College

  11. Fundraising in a Small Shop

    Dr. Tracy Kruse, Associate Vice President of Development and External Affairs, Northeast Community College Dr. Michael Chipps, President, Northeast Community College

  12. Planned Giving for the Small Shop

    Steve Walker, Vice President, Advancement and Executive Director, Yavapai College Foundation; Paul Kirchgraber, Director of Development, Yavapai College Foundation

  13. Accelerating Institutional Change to Improve Student Success: The Achieving the Dream Network

    Cindy Lenhart, VP of Community College Relations, Achieving the Dream, Inc. Linda Watkins, Leadership Coach, Achieving the Dream, Inc.

  14. Get that Plan off the Shelf: Utilizing the Strategic Plan

    Ken Tourand, President/CEO, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

  15. Ensuring Best-Fit Program Selection from Day One

    Jill Board, President, Cerro Coso Community College Val Martinez Garcia Jr., Vice President, Student Services, Porterville College Dr. Corey Marvin, Vice President Academic Affairs, Cerro Coso Community College Heather Ostash, Vice President of Student Services, Cerro Coso Community College

  16. Economic Revitalization is a Team Effort: Rural Community Colleges Role in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

    Amy Schulz, Vice President of Membership, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Darren Gurney, Far North Deputy Sector Navigator-Small Business, hosted at Shasta College

  17. When Good isn’t Good Enough Anymore: Transform your Help Desk into a Service Center

    Dr. Michael Chipps, President, Northeast Community College Derek Bierman, Vice President of Technology Services, Northeast Community College Carla Streff, Director of Client Services, Northeast Community College

  18. “Jump Start College” High School/College Partnership

    Sue Keema, Assistant Superintendent, Carson City School District John Kinkella, Dean of Student Services & Scott Morrison, Director of Liberal Arts, Western Nevada College Dr. Robert Slaby, Superintendent, Storey County School District

  19. The President Unveiled a New Proposal

    Dr. Joe Sertich, President Emeritus, Northeast Minnesota Higher Education District

  20. Engagement, Completion, Student Success: SSC’s Campus-wide Initiative to Better Serve Our Students

    Kendall Rogers, Coordinator of Student Success, Seminole State College Jamie Mills, Director of Recruitment and Advisement, Seminole State College Rayshell Clapper, Coordinator of Transitional Education, Seminole State College