Success Education Colleges' (SEC) Leaders Attend Sixth Annual President's Retreat
Two-Day Retreat Focuses on Collaboration and Re-Energizing SEC's Mission and Core Values
Leaders from Success Education Colleges came together for the organization's Sixth Annual President's Retreat last week in Laguna Beach, California. The two-day event provided members of SEC’s Leadership Team and leaders in training a chance to focus on improving leadership skills, participate in team building and gain new insights into the evolving world of career education.
Day one of the retreat began with special guest speaker Steve Gunderson, an eight-term United States Congressman, author, and the current President and CEO of the Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU). Mr. Gunderson shared his perspective about the current state and future of career education and the growing need for more postsecondary education graduates over the next several years.
Steve Gunderson’s presentation was followed by Florence Tate, the Executive Director of the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Mrs. Tate spoke candidly to the attendees about new challenges faced by ABHES and other accreditors in the sector, including greater diversity in the student bodies and the modernized delivery of academic programs. Mrs. Tate described some of the challenges she faces each day in her role as an Executive Director and she shared her thoughts on the most important attributes a leader needs to be successful.
Day two began with a presentation from Kevin Roberts, President and CEO of Adventist Health, Glendale (previously Glendale Adventist Medical Center). Mr. Roberts spoke to attendees about the current state of the health care industry along with several challenges facing hospitals and other health care systems in today’s changing landscape. He emphasized the critical importance of a well-trained workforce, and shared with the team some of the basic skills and proficiencies that Adventist Health and other health care providers desire most in the new employees and graduates coming from postsecondary colleges.
Additional speakers included Matthew Stewart, co-founder and CEO of National Service Group, and Newth Morris, Senior Vice President, Strategy, with Verizon Telematics, who both shared their thoughts and perspectives on the role of leadership versus management and how good leadership helps contribute to the vision and overall success within an organization.
The Retreat was praised as a great success by those in attendance and culminated with a team building exercise designed to help re-energize everyone and help the team to focus on SEC’s Mission and Core Purpose to better serve their students.
Featured Career & Health Care News
July 25, 2019 - RIVERSIDE, Calif.—North-West College (NWC) is once again expanding its program offerings by bringing the Eyecare Specialist Program to its Riverside Campus. In preparation for this new program, the College has outfitted classroom space and a learning lab especially for Eyecare Specialist students—ensuring they have the opportunity to experience the dynamic learning environment that has come to be synonymous with North-West College.
July 16, 2019 - SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Saturday, July 20 will mark the end of a long journey for 70 nursing students as they cross the stage at graduation during Glendale Career College’s San Diego Commencement Ceremony. These individuals began their nursing programs with Brightwood College, only to have their dreams cut short when Brightwood closed precipitously this past December. GCC leadership stepped in and the college was granted approval to teach out the remainder of these students. Half a year later, 70 of the 288 nursing students being taught-out will realize their dream of becoming nurses as they enter the health care field as GCC graduates.
July 12, 2019 - LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Following many months of rigorous career training, 77 graduates crossed the stage at Nevada Career Institute’s (NCI) Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 31, officially joining the ranks of NCI alumni. Family members, friends, Instructors, and Team Members formed an audience more than 650 strong to celebrate this milestone moment for these individuals.
June 11, 2019 - WEST COVINA, Calif.—From June 13-14, Success Education Colleges’ (SEC) Leaders, Board Members, Leaders In-Training, and Invited Guests will come together for a time of collaboration and learning at the organization’s 8th Annual President’s Retreat. To be held in Orange County, California, the event will capture the vision for the future of this family of allied health colleges.
May 02, 2019 - ANAHEIM, Calif.—As part of its continued commitment to providing quality education programs throughout Southern California, North-West College (NWC) recently remodeled a beautiful facility located at 511 North Brookhurst Street in the city of Anaheim, which will house the College’s Santa Ana Campus beginning in late May. Currently at 1840 East 17th Street, NWC has served the students and community of Santa Ana for more than five years, and will continue its mission to train individuals in short-term programs for gainful employment from its new Anaheim campus.