ETP Program Overview

“Community college boards ensure the wise and prudent delivery of education, a critical local and state resource, on behalf of the people in their communities. They are guardians of and stewards for the public’s interests. Trustees, as members of boards, ensure that the community college district fulfills its responsibility to lead and serve its ever-changing communities.” – CCLC, Trustee Handbook, p.23, Rev. 2013

The program covers eight (8) areas of competencies with subtopics to complete the knowledge and skills learning to support strong leadership. Participants attend sessions in each of the eight (8) competencies which define the roles and responsibilities of governance boards and provide tools that keep efforts focused on student learning.

A certificate of participation in governance leadership from the League can be earned with completion of the program. Participants must complete the program within 24 months of the start date.


An in-depth study of accreditation as a regional peer-review process that looks at the entire campus/district, and provides an opportunity for continuous self-improvement, grounded with data-driven evidence. Standard IV.B requires the governing board acts as a unit, support and evaluate the CEO, and monitor student success and institutional effectiveness.

Board/CEO Relationship
Address roles, goals, and expectations; how to develop and maintain a strong Board/CEO relationship to ensure the Board/CEO partnership functions effectively.

Board Evaluation
Examine the role of the board and its limits; how to run effective meetings; the board self-evaluation and its evaluation of the CEO.

Brown Act Training
This module covers the Open and Public Meetings law (Government Code 54950-54961) that provides the primary set of statutes governing community legislative bodies of local agencies. Learn how to set agendas, provide for public comment, run board meetings and when to hold closed sessions.

Ethics Training
AB1234 requires certain public officials to undergo ethics training every two years. Boards have adopted the position to comply with AB1234 as good practice. The Western Association’s Accrediting Commission for Junior and Community Colleges require boards of trustees to have a code of ethics including a process to handle violations (Accreditation Standard IV.C.11). Learn how to perform in both ethical and legal ways as you govern. 

Fiscal Responsibilities
This module will cover the skills and knowledge needed to make fiscal policy decisions and set guidelines for fiscal and asset management practices that support college goals and student success. You will learn about state and local revenue sources, fiscal accountability to the state, local fiscal operations and how to advocate for state funding.

This module covers the governing board’s policy-making function, and its role in the participatory governance process. Learn how to identify policy issues, set a process for developing sound policies and keep them current; understand the condition and constraints defined in AB 1725 (participatory governance), and the board’s relationship with internal constituencies. 

Student Success & Equity
This module covers topics from the Student Success Act of 2012, Senate Bill 1456, including utilizing student services in individual education planning, monitoring student progress, and improving completion and transfer rates. Other sessions cover assessing institutional effectiveness using various reports and community advocacy with stakeholders.


Program Details

“The governing board has  an ongoing training program for board development, including new member orientation.” – WASC Accreditation Standard IV.C.9

Participants attend sessions in each of the eight (8) competencies which define the roles and responsibilities of governance boards and provide tools that keep efforts focused on student learning.

What are the program requirements?

  • Submit a registration form;
  • In 24 months complete a minimum of three (3) sessions per competency, one (1) each of Brown Act and Ethics training plus eight (8) sessions in competencies of choice (27 sessions total) and;
  • Submit a completed Track Your Progress form for review.

Upon verification of program completion, receive a Certificate of Participation.

Where can I get training?

  • League events
  • Local or national board training events
  • Online and print resources

Attending League events is the fastest way to reach the 27-session minimum. For example, you can complete eight (8) sessions covering seven (7) competencies at the Effective Trusteeship Workshop. Competencies will be identified in event program booklets. A Track Your Progress form is available to assist you in monitoring your sessions. 

Annual League Events

  • Effective Trusteeship Workshop [January]
  • Annual Legislative Conference [January]
  • Annual Trustees Conference [May]
  • Annual Convention [November]

Local Educational Opportunities
Community College Boards of Trustees frequently schedule workshops and special sessions on a variety of topics including Ethics and Brown Act. These trainings may cover areas of competency in the Excellence in Trusteeship Program. Currently, ACCJC offers accreditation training for trustees on individual campuses. The State Academic Senate (ASCCC) and the League provide participatory governance training as technical assistance visits. Other trainings are held at districts within your region that may apply. 

Other Educational Opportunities
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) sponsors a number of conferences each year. Individual sessions of these conferences may be used to fulfill League competencies. ACCT events include:

  • National Legislative Summit [February]
  • Annual Congress [October]
  • Governance Leadership Institute [March]
  • New Trustee Governance Leadership Institute [August]
  • Webinars [On Demand]

For more information about ACCT conferences and free online resources, check the ACCT website: and

Online and Print Resources
The League and several other organizations have online and print resources that address competencies and can be used to fulfill requirements.

What are the costs?
$295 registration and program review fee

How do I register for the program?

Click here to access the ETP Registration form