Message from the CCME President:

As 2015 arrives, we anticipate warmth, sunshine and productivity in Anaheim for our annual CCME professional development symposium. If you haven’t already registered there is still time, so register today at www.ccmeonline.org !

The conference theme of "Innovative Pathways to Military Student Success" allows us to hone in on how we can use technology to help our students. Our agenda is shaping up to be topical and unique, with nearly 70 concurrent session choices and equally compelling general sessions. We also plan to repeat our popular round table format sessions from last year.

All the hot topics are on the agenda, including credentialing, the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding, state licensure, technology use, veteran student initiatives and information, and student success.

In addition to having our printed program, this year, in keeping with our theme we will introduce an event "app." Through this app you will be able to access the symposium agenda and get notifications and reminders throughout the symposium. You can access it via your mobile device or your laptop and it is even available offline.

We will kick off the symposium with our charity golf tournament on Monday at Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, with this year’s proceeds going to Volunteers of America of Los Angeles / Supportive Services for Veteran Families. Later that day, you have an opportunity to attend a pre-conference intensive session on the new Service-members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System (DNS) Workshop.

You won’t want to miss the Presidents’ reception and opening of the exhibit hall at 6 pm that evening. Our exhibit hall is conveniently located in our convention hotel, The Anaheim Marriott. At press time we have nearly 70 exhibit spaces full of educational institutions and products and services for educators. The exhibit hall will be open Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday and Wednesday are full days beginning with our opening general session and keynote featuring Stedman Graham. General Sessions continue on Tuesday with a DoD update from Dawn Bilodeau, Chief, Voluntary Education Programs and DoD Liaison to the CCME board. Con-current sessions begin Tuesday afternoon and we wrap up the day with a "Principles of Excellence" panel as our closing general session. We begin Wednesday with two popular panel discussions. We feature our university leadership panel followed by the equally compel-ling voluntary education Service Chiefs panel.

To allow time for you to explore the beautiful surroundings in Anaheim, including Downtown Disney just steps away from our conference venue, we will have our awards and scholarship presentations during luncheons on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Thursday, we continue the popular "burning issues" roundtable session format from last year. You will have time to attend three of the sessions. Topics this year include: Intersection of DoD Voluntary Education & Credentialing Initiatives, Education Service Officers Panel Corporate Initiatives that Aid Transitioning Service Members/Veterans, and Best Practices in College Affordability. We wrap up Thursday afternoon with an additional opportunity to attend concurrent sessions and conclude this extraordinary event with a closing keynote at the end of the day. I hope you will take advantage of everything CCME has to offer, from our convenient and comfortable venue to the knowledge and information you gain from sessions, networking and exhibits.

Onward!
Jim Yeonopolus
CCME President
President, Continental & International Operations
Central Texas College

Symposium Presentations

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