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NCTC Division Chair attends TCCTA conference

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Aug 9, 2017

NCTC Social Science Division Chair/History and Humanities Professor Crystal Wright recently attended the Texas Community College Teachers Association’s (TCCTA) “Leading from the Middle Conference” at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas . The three day conference is designed as a kind of "boot camp" for deans, division chairs, IT directors, student services directors, and others. The goal is to provide key information and insights to help such administrators succeed in their respective positions. The program included presentations on current legal issues, educational technology, legislative and budget concerns, leadership skills, ethics, and other areas that directly affect performance.

Additionally "Leading from the Middle” provides a forum for mid-level administrators at Texas two-year colleges to interact with one another and share the latest information regarding current trends in higher education. Division Chair Wright noted that “The conference was a great networking opportunity.  I spoke with colleagues from around the state who are developing innovative approaches to community college issues.”

Each year NCTC funds attendance at the “Leading from the Middle Conference” as part of an on-going collaboration with TCCTA. Beginning in 2015 NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace and Provost Dr. Andrew Fisher joined with TCCTA Director Richard Moore in a “Partners in Professionalism” initiative. Through this initiative NCTC and TCCTA support each other in promoting professional development opportunities and in creating an educational climate of innovation and commitment.

TCCTA-Crystal-Wright.jpeg NCTC Professor Crystal Wright (far left) attended a Texas Community College Teachers Association conference in San Antonio last month. Also pictured from left to right are Wendy Wood-Collins, Sonya Laster, Katherine Allen, and Michael Fields from Midland College.