Conferences & Training

Building a Community College Alumni Program That Works for You

Feb. 23, 2016
2 - 3 p.m. Eastern

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There are many ways to start or grow a community college alumni relations program. Hear how two very different schools are tackling this challenging aspect of advancement, and adapt what's best for your institution. This fast-paced webinar will be like two for the price of one. Topics will include staffing, data acquisition and management, communications and engagement, affinity groups and, of course, fundraising.


Stacey LockhartStacey Lockhart
Executive Director, WVC Foundation
Wenatchee Valley College 

Stacey Lockhart is the executive director of the WVC Foundation. In 2011 she began to take steps to create and launch the WVC Alumni Association as she realized that the majority of current donors were aging (70+), wouldn't be around forever and that the college needed to begin engaging, cultivating and soliciting young alumni and friends to become the major gift and planned giving donors of the future. She is currently involved in providing leadership and direction to the WVC Athletic Department in an effort to build a collaborative and sustainable development program that will elevate the sports programs at WVC as a whole. A vital partner in this effort is the WVC Alumni Association. Lockhart's experience working in alumni and development spans 28 years at both the four and two -year institutional levels.

Ashley SmithAshley Dews Smith
Director, Alumni & Development Services
Pitt Community College 

Ashley Dews Smith joined Pitt Community College in 2009 as the college's first alumni relations director and the first full-time alumni relations director in the North Carolina Community College System. She was tasked with launching a brand new alumni relations program. In 2014, she became the director of alumni and development services, responsible for all foundation fundraising and events. She has a master's degree in public administration.

Kacie ThriftKacie Thrift
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Wenatchee Valley College 

Kacie Thrift joined the WVC Foundation team in the summer of 2014 as the alumni relations coordinator. With a background in newspapers, marketing and communications, she heads the efforts finding and involving WVC alumni. Her responsibilities include planning, coordinating and executing events for the association, creating a monthly newsletter and cultivating relationships with members of the WVC alumni community.


Benefits of Participating
  • Hear different perspectives on how to operate and focus your alumni relations activities.
  • Get practical advice on how to engage your former students.
  • Learn what you can accomplish with a small staff.
  • Improve your alumni engagement...and chart a course for future fundraising success.

Who Should Attend
  • Community college alumni relations staff
  • Foundation directors and vice presidents
  • Foundation board members
  • Alumni board members
  • Advancement staff
  • Campus executives
  • Athletic directors


$135 members (US); $185 nonmembers (US)

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