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Get to Know Your CASE District

Community college officials looking to get more out of their CASE experience should consider attending events in their CASE district, which may provide a number of convenient and cost-effective opportunities for advancement training.

In North America, CASE members are grouped into eight regional districts. Each district has its own volunteer board of directors, which oversees operations, programming and services for members in that region.

In addition to the vast international resources members receive from CASE, districts offer members direct engagement in their geographical region.

"Leadership at the CASE districts welcome community college members and encourages them to check out their resources," says Paul Heaton, director of CASE's Center for Community College Advancement. "They offer plenty of professional development opportunities that are relevant for community college officials."

Rick Smith, dean of institutional advancement at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C., and member of the District III Board of Directors, says experiencing CASE at the district level helped him appreciate its value.

Smith acknowledged that he used to think that CASE was just for four-year schools and that membership and programs were cost-prohibitive. Those preconceived notions turned out not to be true.

"When I went to a CASE district conference, I had my eyes opened. I had a great time and learned a lot," he says.

"We've been working to craft programs for community colleges folks so that they feel as if they're getting a good value," Smith says. "I think one-day workshops are the perfect formula for reaching folks who may not be ready, from a philosophical or financial point of view, to become a full member to see CASE up close and personal. These one-day workshops are not always geared toward community colleges specifically, but we work to find topics that they will find useful."

As the community colleges representative for District III, Smith says he encourages community college officials in his area to check out district offerings and to be in touch with their representatives to request programs or get involved.

Some of the upcoming one-day workshops in District III include "How to Navigate Corporate and Non-Profit Foundations," "How to Succeed with Social Media" and "Integrated Alumni and Development for More Effective Fundraising." Smith says workshops like these and those at district conferences are all about "presenting big ideas that can be scaled to small institutions."

District IV is offering a one-day social media workshop Nov. 15 in Arkansas that District IV Board Member Carrie Harris Phillips says will be perfect for community colleges. "The topic is especially relevant for people who are tasked with doing more with less, and that's certainly true at a lot of community colleges," she says.

By having one-day workshops, districts are able to keep costs down and often avoid the need for overnight stays. Nonmembers are especially encouraged to attend to get a sense of CASE programs and the networking opportunities within their district.

The largest event in each district is an annual conference, which contains various events and sessions geared toward those in every advancement discipline and institutional sector. District V is having its conference next month in Chicago. In January, District VI is hosting its conference in Denver. Also in January, Districts I and II are holding a joint conference in New York City. In February, District III is having its conference in Atlanta and District VIII is having its conference in Seattle. Finally, in March, District IV will host its conference in Forth Worth, Texas.

Heaton echoes Smith's word of advice for community college officials new to CASE, encouraging them to look at offerings in their districts. More information on these events can be found on the district websites. Also, select events are featured in this newsletter each month.

This article is from the November 2011 issue of the Community College Advancement News.


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