The following is a back-to-school message from TCCTA President Annie J. Benifield, Lone Star College–Tomball.
I am honored to serve as your president for the coming year. Although the fall semester is just getting started, rest assured that your TCCTA leadership is working hard to make 2011-12 successful for you and your colleagues.
If you have not already done so, please join TCCTA. Participation in our association has been extremely rewarding for me over the years, and I know it will be for you, too.
You can learn about the tangible benefits of joining from our Web site or from the printed material provided by your campus representative. I guarantee that you will not find a better bargain anywhere on membership dues and professional liability insurance.
You can join TCCTA or renew your membership securely online here. I also highly recommend the optional liability insurance coverage, no matter what or where you teach. Many community and technical college educators find it indispensable to their security and peace of mind in these contentious times.
But joining is just the beginning. In order to fully appreciate TCCTA, I urge you to attend our conferences. First up is the 32nd Annual Fall Conference for Faculty Leaders, to be held on October 7-8, at the beautiful Omni Southpark Hotel in Austin. Please read all about it here and please consult this site for details and updates. Those who attend this meeting always return to campus with a wealth of information to share with colleagues.
And make plans now to attend our annual convention, on March 1-3, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco. Whatever your teaching field or area of expertise, you’ll find plenty of amazing opportunities for professional development. The meeting also features an outstanding exhibit area, with displays from all the major publishers and technology companies. I might also add that the conference is great fun, and provides you with a chance to mix and mingle with your peers across the entire state, from large colleges and small.
Obviously, we have just completed a tumultuous Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. But we must not get discouraged. TCCTA provides a host of ways to participate in the legislative process, beginning with an array of opportunities to stay informed on vital issues. TCCTA is always front and center, providing vital and timely information. Your membership dues this year include a subscription to the Blog, updated daily, covering all issues of concern to community and technical college educators.
In the coming months, there will be important matters arising in legislative interim committees, and from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. One of our most important resources is our outstanding lobbyist, Beaman Floyd. I hope you’ll pay attention to his regular columns and get a chance to hear him speak at our conferences.
Since community and technical colleges are the foundation for success in Texas, please join us in our effort to move the state forward.
Obviously we have many challenges to face as educators. But I believe that, for each challenge, there is an opportunity for growth and progress. In order for this to happen, however, we must be united as a profession.
Please don’t hesitate to contact any of our officers or the state office in Austin if we can be of any assistance.
TCCTA is there for you. Join us!