Each year the Journalism Association of Community Colleges brings together the best and brightest freshmen/sophomore media students in the state at its NorCal and SoCal conferences and its State Convention. The fall regional conferences draw approximately 200 and 400 students, respectively, from the two California regions. And the State Convention draws more than 650 students from approximately 50 colleges.
Given that only about 60 of California’s 110 community colleges offer journalism programs, this means the JACC conferences are the single best way to reach out to the vast majority of the best media students in one place.
The California Community Colleges system is the largest higher educational system in the nation comprised of 72 districts and 110 colleges with more than 2.6 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training and basic skills education, prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions and offer opportunities for personal enrichment and lifelong learning.
The two regional conferences are held each October/November. The SoCal Conference is a day-and-a-half event featuring workshops, contests, business meetings and networking. The NorCal Conference is a one-day conference. Both are held on university campuses.
The State Convention rotates each year between Sacramento and Los Angeles in convention hotels, and is held in late March/early April. It runs from Thursday through Saturday. Most exhibitors find this an excellent venue for making valuable contacts with media students, professors, related organizations and education officials.
For more information, contact Renée Smith.