"I am excited about the opportunity to help community colleges be strong at a national level," she said. "I believe so many people, whether it is students, families or government entities, they are really looking to community colleges now, and I think we need to be as strong as possible."
ACCT is important, she said, because community college representatives are able to share their best practices, professional development and allowing a collective voice to be heard.
"They bring people together from all over the country, and you don't normally get the opportunity to meet with people and talk about what is going on in the various parts of the country," she said. "For us [SCCC], I want that opportunity to go and learn from other institutions, both their successes and their failures."
She noted the college's successful culinary and music programs, along with the recent partnership with General Electric to provide education for battery storage and nano-technology.
"We are the envy of a lot of places, but I want to find out from other people how we can do more of that," she said.
One issue she said SCCC and other community colleges grapple with is safety concerns, so she will be looking forward to what other colleges are doing.
In the middle of February she will travel to Washington, D.C., for the first conference of the year, the 2011 National Legislative Summit, which spans four days.""