May 6, 2018

More than 50 presidents, CEOs, college chancellors and board of trustee members representing more than 30 colleges attended the “Doing What Matters” CEO Institute at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center Thursday.

Hosted by College of the Canyons, the one-day symposium, which also attracted representatives from various Economic Development partnerships throughout the state, focused on what it means to lead campuses and make a positive impact in surrounding communities through the DWM initiative.

Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy is a California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office initiative and statewide program that invests more than $200 million dollars annually into career education among the state’s 114 community colleges.

“The conference created the perfect opportunity for college chancellors and CEOs to learn about major influences and shifts to the state economy and labor market, as well as how community colleges can work with business leaders to help meet the needs of employers now and into the future,” said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook.

“We look forward to seeing how we can work together to move forward strategically and advance workforce and economic development through innovative partnerships strategy development and collaboration,” Van Hook said.

After opening remarks made by Van Hook, Jim Mayer, president and CEO of California Forward, spoke about the need for partnerships and the integration of government agencies to adapt to an ever-changing world.

“Even in booming times, we have to learn how to do more with less,” Mayer said. “We need the ability to anticipate changes that are happening so we can respond. This will be easier if we have a robust set of partnerships.”

Other speakers at the conference included Bill Allen (President/CEO of Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and Co-Chair of the California Stewardship Network), Kish Rajan (Principal of KRPA), Bill Scroggins (President of Mt. San Antonio College), Paul Granillo (President/CEO of Inland Empire Economic Partnerships), Ben Duran (Executive Director of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium).

Each presentation was followed by a facilitated dialogue session to encourage the exchange of ideas among attendees.

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COC Brings Leaders Together for ‘Doing What Matters’ Institute