NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series at Portland Community College

January 25

The NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series (CCSS) is the association’s engaging initiative to support community college professionals across the country. Built as a day-long event, the CCSS offers a dynamic curriculum and networking opportunities. Hosted multiple times a year, the CCSS is meant to provide a low-cost, high-quality professional development event in your own backyard.

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Distinctive for its open door admissions policies, workforce training and responses to changing needs in society, the community and two-year colleges have secured their place in the history of higher education in America. Community colleges continue to be the primary door to accessibility and educational opportunity, while insuring diversity in post-secondary education.

NASPA stands ready to address the professional development needs of community college student services professionals by providing opportunitites to build skills and knowledge about student affairs to prepare them for future challenges. The Community Colleges Symposium Series is designed by and for community college professionals. This event will provide attendees a framework to understand the context and role of community colleges in America, how each person contributes to these colleges' success, and the ways in which our work contributes to student success in higher education. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • contextualize the community college experience in the history of higher education;
  • apply student development theory and adult learning theory to current practice;
  • develop multicultural competence and envision ways services can be enhanced or expanded to meet the needs of the diverse community college population;
  • utilize the NASPA Community Colleges Division to serve as a resource to support student affairs work and/or development at community colleges.

Symposium Benefits

The NASPA Community College Symposium Series is a fantastic way to engage with community college professionals throughout your state and NASPA Region (for a detailed description of the regions, click here). Attendees leave the symposium with practical advice for supporting their students in addition to new connections outside of their campus. 

About our host campus: Portland Community College

As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, PCC serves nearly 73,000 full-time and part-time students. We fill a unique role, one that offers high quality education and opportunities for our students, which in turn contributes to the vibrancy of Portland's economic community. PCC consists of  four comprehensive campuses, eight centers and dozens of independent locations throughout the community offer courses and provide student services


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Community Colleges Division
NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series at Portland Community College


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Undergraduate


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The schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

Fri, Jan 25

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Registration, Welcome, and Overview
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
The History, Mission, and Philosophy of the American Community College & Foundation Studies of Student Development & Adult Learning Theory
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Skill Building
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Networking Luncheon
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Practical Foundations for Everyday Success (Managerial Track/Non-Managerial Track)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p;m.
Region Specific Presentation
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Program and Service Inclusion, Diversity, and Social Justice
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Optional No-Host Social Activity


Registration as a member is based on your individual membership status. For more details on member statuses check here.

NASPA is pleased to offer faculty/staff members of our host campus, Portland Community College the NASPA member rate. If you are a Portland Community College faculty/staff member are not already a NASPA member, you qualify to receive this discount.

To inquire, please contact the following individuals. Please note, this discount is only for non-members.

  • Latricia D. Brand, Ed.M. - Interim Dean of Student Development, Portland Community College, Southeast ([email protected]

For questions about NASPA membership and to check if your institution is a current member, contact our membership team at 202-265-7500.

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Early Bird
08/10/2018 to 11/30/2018
12/01/2018 to 01/04/2019
after 01/05/2019
NASPA Member
NASPA Non-Member


Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director, Constituent Experience and Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Jake Frasier
Assistant Director, Professional Development
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-719-1180


View Registration Policies

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is November 30, 2018, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing.  No refunds will be given after this date for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to [email protected] .

Group Registration: NASPA offers discounts for attendees registering in groups of two or more individuals. To apply for this discount please contact NASPA at events@naspa.org . Please include in the email your name, the conference you're registering for, your institution name, and how many individuals you're registering. Our membership department will contact you once they've received this information.

In order to receive the discount group rate, each registrant must have an active NASPA individual membership. Please note the code is not retroactive and will only activate during registration therefore, you must register after the discount code has been granted.

Purchase Orders: Purchase orders will NOT be accepted for registration. There is now a Bill Me option online if you need to submit paperwork to your accounting office to have a check cut for your registration payment. Please use that option when registering online.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to [email protected] 

Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected] .


Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus

Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus
Porland, OR

PCC Rock Creek is located 12 miles west of downtown Portland. Its 260-acre campus includes woodlands, wetlands, and grassland, a diverse collection of farm animals, 14 career tech programs and a 3.6 acre Learning Garden.

Campus Map

To learn more about Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus, and for a digital map, click here.

Hotel Accomodations

There is no hotel room block for this event. A list of recommended hotels are listed below for your consideration in the event you will be staying overnight. Please note, each hotel is approximately 10-15 minutes away from the PCC Rock Creek Campus where event activities will occur. 

Hotel Address Phone Number

Courtyard by Marriott Portland Hillsboro

3050 NW Stucki Pl, Hillsboro, OR 97124

(503) 531-3200

Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Hillsboro

18855 NW Tanasbourne Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124

(503) 718-0007

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Hillsboro

20001 NW Tanasbourne Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124

(503) 718-0006

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