Resources are a priority
Shaaron Vogel learned the importance of teamwork from her days as a nurse. Now the Butte College nursing instructor is applying the lessons she learned to her new role as president of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) where she plans to team up with CCA and other organizations to advance community colleges.
It’s that teamwork idea that inspired her recently to ask FACCC and CCA to jointly sponsor a daylong rural college conference at Butte for her colleagues and faculty from Shasta, College of the Siskiyous, Sierra, Lassen and Feather River Colleges. The joint conference allowed faculty the chance to network with one another as well as the opportunity to hear from FAAC and CCA/CTA leaders and staffers like CCA Vice President Brad Reynolds, CCA Secretary Michael Butros and Alan Frey, who provided valuable information on legislation, the state budget, retirement issues and member benefits.
“I saw it as a way for us to connect and not feel isolated,” Vogel said, noting that not everyone is able to devote a three-day weekend to travel to some of the larger statewide conferences.
We are small colleges up here but we need to have a voice and a united front,” she said.
Vogel, who is also vice president of the Butte College Education Association, has been actively involved in her campus Academic Senate and as a representative to the statewide Academic Senate. While serving there, Vogel served as a liaison to FACCC, a professional association that advocates for community college faculty at the state Capitol. Through her liaison appointment, Vogel discovered she loved working with legislation and became active on the FACCC Board. Now, as the newly elected president of FACCC, she hopes to continue building relationships between FAAC, the faculty unions and the Academic Senate.
“I’m a collaborative person. I believe in relationships. I want to build a united front,” she said.
Funding is a priority
Vogel’s number one priority naturally is funding.
Our colleges have never been brought back to where they need to be, and without new hiring, we are being asked to do more with less,” she said.
She would also like to see more resources going to part-time faculty for offices and benefits, and into professional development and training for new faculty.
Vogel says she is thrilled to be working with CCA, though she is aware that there have been some disagreements between the various faculty organizations in the past.
“There may be times when we have different positions,” she acknowledged. “But if we stay united, it will make a difference at the local level.”