Community Colleges Division

Supporting the Profession Community Colleges Division

The NASPA Community Colleges Division (CCD) is a vibrant and engaging home for community college professionals. The CCD examines issues relevant to community college institutions and professionals and hosts a variety of professional development opportunities. We provide thought leadership to NASPA through advocacy for community colleges.


Greetings from the Community Colleges Division (CCD)! We seek to provide a space for community college professionals to connect with one another while providing scholarship, advocacy, and engagement. We provide a venue for discussion, research, and the distribution of information about community colleges. Whether you're currently at a community or technical college, are an alumni of such an institution, or are interested in working at a community college, we hope you will find a home here.

Mission Statement

The Community Colleges Division seeks to provide a space for community college professionals to connect with one another while providing scholarship, advocacy, and engagement. We provide a venue for discussion, research, and the distribution of information about community colleges.

What the Community Colleges Division Does
  • Explore the impact of national issues in a community college context
  • Identify and support community colleges role in providing student services and programming with diminishing resources
  • Inform the profession about new research and practices regarding community college students and professionals
  • Offer assistance to colleagues as they explore pathways and possibilities offered by community colleges
  • Promotes and encourages program proposals and engagement from technical and community college staff and regional and national conferences and events
  • Provides a number of signature initiatives for professional development including the Community Colleges InstituteCommunity College Symposium SeriesNASPA Community College Online (NCC Online) Series, and the Latinx/a/o Task Force

Get Involved

Interested in Getting Involved?

We welcome the participation of any individual who either works at or has an interest in community colleges and we hope to be place for discussion, learning, and innovation. We hope to make the Community Colleges Division a place for graduate students, faculty, and student affairs professionals to connect and share knowledge and experience. 

Click the button below to log-in to Volunteer Central and look for opportunities listed under "Community Colleges Division."

If you want to quickly communicate with other members, jump right into the conversation by following us on Twitter. Also, be sure to indicate your interest on hearing more from the CCD in your NASPA profile. These are great ways to see opportunities for involvement including writing for our blog, serving on selection committes, and submitting research articles!


For a more in depth involvement, check out the following opportunities for involvement:
Workshops and Signature Initiatives

There are numerous ways to get involved in workshops and conferences hosted by NASPA and the CCD. The CCD hosts a number of signature initiatives to include the Community Colleges Institute (CCI), Community Colleges Symposium Series (CCSS), and the NCC Online Series. All of these initiatives provide a variety of volunteer opportunities to present, review programs, or serve on planning committees. All volunteer opportunities will be posted on NASPA's Volunteer Central so check back frequently.

CCD Latinx/a/o Task Force

The CCD Latinx/a/o Task Force to advace Latinx student affairs professionals at community colleges and seeks to advance current adn aspiring student affairs professionals of Latinx descent who wish to work in community colleges. If your are interested in potential opportunities to participate on the LTF, visit their web page for contact information and volunteer opportunities.

Regional Involvement

Members are encouraged to reach out to their Region Representative (find yours on our leadership roster) to inquire about ways to get involved regionally with the CCD. The map below outlines our regions: 

  • Nominate community college colleagues for NASPA awards, including the Community College Professional Award and the Community Colleges Research and Scholarship Award.
  • Read one of the excellent publications you have access to with your NASPA membership, especially the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. To access these important higher education publications, visit, select the journal of your choice, and log in with your NASPA username and password.
  • Initiate conversations with your colleagues -- locally, regionally, and nationally -- and then share your thoughts with the CCD Board. Let us know your needs, challenges, and interests.


The Community Colleges Division Board is comprised of a diverse set of community college professionals with a breadth of experience in the field. Through it's Board, the Community Colleges Division supports the goals of NASPA by infusing the community college perspective into all NASPA programs, services, and publications.

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Signature Initiatives


Professional Development Opportunities

Community Colleges Institute (CCI)

The CCI is a pre-conference workshop that allows staff and faculty to learn from and engage with one another on a variety of critical issues affecting student affairs professionals in the community college setting. In 2017, the CCI developed to include a number of concurrent sessions presented by and for community college professionals. The CCI provides community college professionals an opportunity to gather for 1.5 days for deep discussion on issues they can relate to.

Community College Symposium Series (CCSS)

The CCSS expands opportunities for community college student affairs professionals to engage with one another within geographic areas. The CCSS provides low-cost, high-quality professional development events focused on skill building content delivered by experts covering the role of the community college in society, student development theory, adult learning theory, and inclusive service delivery designed to meet the needs of the diverse community college student population. NASPA staff work with campuses across the nation to identify those willing to host this 1 day drive-in for their region.

Community Colleges Online Series (NCC Online)

The NCC Online series occurs quarterly each year. These free online learning opportunities are designed to provide timely and cutting-edge professional development for student affairs practitioners at community colleges in an accessible, engaging format. A subset of Community Colleges Division Board members identifies the topics for the year each summer and then works to select content experts and panelists for the webcast.


Latinx/a/o Task Force

The Latinx/a/o Task Force to advance Latino student affairs professionals at community colleges seeks to advance current and aspiring student affairs professionals of Latino descent who wish to work in community colleges. The mission of the NASPA Community Colleges Division Latinx/a/o Task Force is to execute its plan, with an association-wide impact, to advance Latinos in the profession of student affairs who aspire to or currently work in community colleges

National Awards

Community Colleges Professional Award

NASPA continues its tradition of honoring prominent higher education and student affairs leaders for their contributions to the profession specifically regarding community colleges. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to NASPA and/or the profession in relation to community colleges. Student affairs professionals in all positions at community colleges are eligible for this award.

Community Colleges Research and Scholarship Award

By the conferral of this award NASPA continues its traditions of both honoring prominent research and scholarship in higher education and student affairs and supporting the community colleges sector. In order to support the goals of a strong research-based practice, this annual award is presented to an individual or team who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing research and scholarship on the topic of student affairs in the community college.


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