AFC Chapter Meeting Presentation - Valencia College

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Introductions

The Association of Florida Colleges is the professional Association for
Florida's 28
public community colleges
, their Boards, employees, retirees, and associates. The
mission of the Association is to actively promote, democratically represent, support,
and serve the individual
members

and institutions in their endeavors to provide their
students and the citizens of Florida with the best possible comprehensive community
college educational system
.


History

The Association was organized in 1949 as the Florida Association of Public Junior
Colleges by the presidents of Florida's first four public junior colleges. Its mission was
to unite the colleges for the purposes of helping the Florida Legislature understand
the junior college mission and to advocate for Florida's public junior colleges in the
development of the state's long
-
range plan for higher education
.


Since 1949, the Association's mission and purposes have grown in scope as has the
Association itself. In 1971, the Association became the Florida Association of
Community Colleges.

The Association changed its name to the Association of Florida
Colleges in 2010.

It has since become the most inclusive higher education
organization serving any college system in the nation. The AFC is the only such
Association which represents all employees, presidents, and trustees associated with a
college system.

Today, all 28 of the state's colleges support the work of the Association
through institutional dues as do nearly 8500 regular and retired members through the
sharing of their talents, time and energy.


Welcome

to the

Association of Florida Colleges (AFC)

web site. AFC is
the

one

organization that represents all faculty, staff, administrators, trustees,
presidents, and retirees from Florida's 28 public community and state colleges. The
Association consists of local campus
-
based

Chapters
,

Commissions
, and

Regions

lead by
a

Board of Directors
.

Membership is currently over 8,000 and moving upward. The
highlight of the Association year is our annual convention held in October/November.


Please
take a good look at our Web
site
http://myafchome.org

to find out what AFC is all
about! We will continue to provide useful up
-
to
-
date information about our Association
and its members. I encourage you to contact us.





It is a Union


It is a politically affiliated group


It is just meetings and information


It is a group to join in name only


There is no way to get involved


It

is

not

supported by the

college


It is only social functions


If I join and am not an active participant
I am not an asset


Representation and Advocacy

Your
membership dues support
AFC’s
Advocacy efforts.
AFC
employs an exceptional team of experienced lobbyists to ensure that
your needs

come
first. Our team of contract lobbyists, the Legislative Committee, the Policy &
Advocacy
Committee, the Trustees,
and the
AFC
CEO work to tell our stories with a powerful

voice.


Listening
Legislature

AFC’s
more than 8,000 voices are heard through its one unified
voice
and message on issues of importance to you and the 28
community and state colleges

it
supports and promotes. Partnering with the Division of State Colleges, when we speak



legislature listens.


Information
Resource

AFC’s
members are guaranteed access to the most up
-
to
-
date
in formation
related to the community and state colleges in Florida
through an intricate array
of
resources. COP, CSA, CIA, RDC, and COBA all work with
AFC


Professionalism

Through
your membership, you demonstrate that you support and are
involved
in the future of the community and state college
system. You also demonstrate
your
commitment to lifelong learning as you continue to develop your career and
professional
skills.


Networking

The AFC
network is priceless! The value of the relationships you will
develop
and foster throughout your career can not be
measured. More than anything else, this
benefit
will last you a lifetime.


Professional
Growth

Knowledge
gained through understanding, exposure, and
shared information
is beneficial to each individual member. Chapter,
Region, and Commission
involvement
enhances leadership skills, provide for promotional opportunities, and increases
the
knowledge base of the individual, institution, department, and division.


Publications

The
quarterly newsletter Current and the weekly legislative update
Perception
are available to members. Each highlights current
and upcoming events while
providing
members with current news and other significant information.


Member
Discount Programs

AFC
negotiates many discounts on products and services.

Educational
, theme park, promotional items, rental cars, and other
discounted tickets and
specials.



Professional Development


Awards and Recognition


Advocacy




Networking and Resource sharing


Region & Chapter meetings


Commissions

17 specialty groups


Conferences and Conventions


Regions


Commissions


Leadership


Community Service


AFC Website



Commission Exemplary Practices


Professor of the Year


Chapter of the Year


Leroy Collins Outstanding Alumni


James L.
Wattenbarger

Award


Distinguished Service Awards


Trustee of the Year


Outstanding AFC Board member


Membership level Awards


Unsung Hero Award


Commission of the Year


Honorary Life Award



Council of Presidents


Administration


College and Contract Lobbyists


Policy and Advocacy



Committee Annual Legislative Planning Summit


Trustees and Presidents


AFC provides a launching point for lobbying during Legislative
Session


Just in time info to members


publication of Perception


Key contact network

member advocates



Mileage reimbursement from $0.29 to $0.445 per mile a $0.155 increase



Daily meal per diem from $21.00 per day to
$36.00
per day


3% instead of 5% pension contribution


Insurance for part time employees and their family


Faculty tenure issue


Legislative updates
-

http://
www.myafchome.org/legislative
-
session


WHAT IS IT?

The
Certified College Professional (CCP) Program will provide AFC member with the opportunity
to earn a designation related to their work as a college professional, and expose them to
content and experience they may not be able to obtain elsewhere. The CCP program provides
significant value
-
added benefits for membership in the AFC and enhances the AFC's role as the
primary professional development provider for the Florida College System
.


WHY SHOULD I EARN IT?

If you are considering earning the Association of Florida Colleges Certified College Professional
(CCP) designation, please keep in mind the following initial criteria that you must meet before
applying:

You have been a member of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) for at least one
year

You have been employed full
-
time by a Florida College System institution for at least 3 years,
and you have at least one year of experience in your current position at the college

You
are committed to upholding the AFC Certified College Professional "Standards of Conduct"

Your college president will support your effort to earn the CCP

Regardless of your academic background and professional experience, the CCP designation can
set you apart from the rest of your colleagues and go a long way to advancing your career in the
Florida College System. If the above criteria applies to you, then earning the CCP designation
may be a good decision.


This week


Chapter/Campus meetings

May 8
th

-

Mother’s Day Drawings

May 10
th



Black Hammock Airboat Rides and meal, 2pm

May 14


16
th

-

Student Development Commission Conference (PHCC)

May 16


17
th

-

Joint Commission Conference (Sarasota)

July 11


12
th

-

Membership Development Conference (Cape Coral)

September 12
-
13
th



First Annual Trustees Commission Conference (Disney)

November 14
-
16
th



64
th

Annual Convention, Destin, FL

October 29


31
st

, 2014


65
th

Annual Convention, Orlando, FL

There is no better time to be a member of the
AFC
than right now. With the current state of
the
national
and state economy, it is crucial to be on the front lines in regards to legislative
issues,
professional
development, and personal growth.


By joining
AFC,
you will be kept abreast of the current happenings both locally and
statewide
as
it relates to higher education and the Florida State College System. Our mission
is simple


to
promote
actively and represent, support, and serve democratically members
and institutions
in
their endeavors to provide their students and the citizens of Florida the
best possible
comprehensive
community college educational system.


As a member, you are now a part of a unique organization.
AFC
is the organization to
define
critical public policy and legislative issues while enhancing the public awareness and
understanding
of the mission of the state’s community and state colleges.


You are encouraged to utilize all of our resources from networks with colleagues at other
institutions
, meetings and conferences, publications, advocacy efforts, and the
AFC
partner
benefits
like the college tuition discounts. It is our sincere hope that you will take advantage
of
the
opportunities to grow your career, expand your leadership skills, increase your
network,
and make
good use of Your Association! Remember your
AFC
membership opens
the door to
a variety
of opportunities for you to make new friends and contacts statewide!


Access to individuals with experience, connections, answers and solutions to problems you
may face
is a priceless value. As the professional association for community college
employees, the
AFC
brings together all the major players in the Florida State College system
to benefit you and
your
institution. This is Your Association!


Shelby Fiorentino


Chapter President

VP of Regions & Chapters

Mfiorentino@valenciacollege.edu

or x1619



Damion

Hammock



Chapter President


Elect

Dhammock@valenciacollege.edu

or x6917



Valencia

http://
www.valenciacollege.edu/afc


State

http://myafchome.org