Event description

The Presidents Conference will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. The Fairmont offers luxury rooms at a special reduced conference price and excellent training facilities. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of San Jose with shopping, entertainment and dining options within walking distance.


On the horizon are changing dynamics that will impact the work we do as an organization. The Presidents Conference will provide new and returning presidents a foundation to rely upon as we prepare our chapters to meet the challenges ahead. This conference will host a variety of skill building and informative sessions and provide opportunities to build lasting relationships with other presidents. Please join us if you are a new president or a returning president interested in refining your skills and/or continuing to learn best practices. We are offering many new learning modules rooted in the principles of Distributive Leadership. If you are looking for tools, templates and trainings to bring back home, this conference is designed for you.

The conference begins on Thursday with the arrival of new presidents. New presidents will engage in core sessions especially tailored to assist them in learning their new role as local leaders. Expect to build relationships with presidents across our diverse membership from rural to urban, small to large chapters and all the job families in between.

Friday, all Community College Presidents will attend sessions designed to address issues unique to California’s community colleges. All returning presidents also join the conferences as we continue to make connections and build relationships that last.

On Saturday and Sunday, all presidents participate in skill building electives and modules that reinforce content, context and what we can do together to build high participation chapters and a stronger union.  Saturday and Sunday will focus on bringing together learnings and plans to connect, organize & engage members.

2018 Summer Conference Brochure

Presidents Conference Agenda-at-a-Glance (subject to change)

Thursday, July 19
9:00 am – 11:00 am                   New Presidents Registration
9:00 am – 11:00 am                   CTA Member Benefits Open House
11:00 am – 12:00 pm                 New Presidents Orientation & Overview
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm                   Welcome Address by CTA President Eric C. Heins & Lunch
1:15 pm – 5:00 pm                     Training for New Presidents
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm                     New Presidents Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception
6:30 pm –                                   Dinner on own                                                                                                                               

Friday, July 20
8:00 am – 9:00 am                     Breakfast & Hot Topic Discussions
9:00 am – 3:30 pm                     Training for New Presidents
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                   Lunch for participants who arrived on Thursday
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm                     Returning Presidents Registration (including CCA)
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm                     Returning Presidents Orientation & Overview
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm                     Community College Presidents Orientation & District Session
3:45 pm – 5:30 pm                     Directorial District Sessions
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm                     New & Returning Presidents Reception
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                     General Session and Dinner

Saturday, July 21
8:00 am – 9:00 am                     Breakfast & Hot Topic Discussions
8:00 am – 8:45 am                     CTA Budget Forum
9:00 am – 10:00 am                   Regional Presidents’ Forum – Part 1 Goals, Objectives, Timelines
9:00 am – 5:00 pm                     Training for all Community College Presidents
9:00 am – 5:00 pm                    Training for all Charter School Presidents
10:10 am – 11:30 am                 Electives
1:10 am – 2:00 pm                     Service Center Council Mtgs
2:10 pm – 3:30 pm                     Electives
3:40 pm – 5:00 pm                     Electives
5:10 pm – 5:45 pm                     State Budget Review
5:45 pm – 8:00 pm                     Dinner on own
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm                   Networking Reception

Sunday, July 22
7:30 am – 8:30 am                     Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:50 am                     Electives
10:00 am – 11:20 am                 Regional President’s Forum – Part 2 Tools, Templates, Resources
11:30 am – 1:00 pm                   Closing General Session & Lunch


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Child Care

On-Site Childcare Program

CTA is offering a no-charge child care program at the 2018 Presidents Conference.  Childcare is available to all Presidents Conference attendees that are the primary caregiver of the child(ren) attending Camp CTA.

While you’re attending the Presidents Conference, your children can participate in CTA Camp.  CTA Camp is a complete morning-to-early-evening entertainment program packed with activities for children ages 6 months to 16 years.

Program includes morning and afternoon snacks, activities, such as a field trip to the Tech Museum and taking in a kid-friendly movie, as well as craft materials.  CTA will provide the meals based on the daily schedule below.  If you prefer to bring your own meals for your child(ren) you may do so.  Children participate in age-appropriate activities in a safe, nurturing and educational environment.  Children must be pre-registered to ensure proper staffing levels.