ASSOCIATION OF KANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE OCCUPATIONAL PROFESSIONALS (AKCCOP)
AKCCOP is the Association of Kansas Community College Occupational Professionals, a group of hard working people from campuses across the state. The association includes members from two-year colleges in Kansas, and it can trace its history back almost two decades. It's not a union or a trade organization. It's a group of people who provide the quality and enjoyment of work for all who are involved.
Secretaries of the junior colleges of Kansas met for the first time in 1968 in Great Bend. The result was the formation, in 1969, of the Kansas Community College Education Secretaries Association.
By April of 1970, the group had written a constitution and bylaws, which were distributed and gained approval. A year of growth followed that paralleled the development of community colleges throughout the state. As the association expanded it began to draw involvement from people handling varied office positions. At the 1981 meeting, members voted to adopt the name Association of Kansas Community College Office Personnel to better reflect the range of fields represented in AKCCOP. The bylaws have been updated and revised in order to adapt to continued development and copies are available on the AKCCOP website. In 1982, AKCCOP adopted a new logo composed of three overlapping shafts of Kansas wheat set in a cameo representing the concept of administration, faculty and staff working together in a common effort to enhance education. The logo wasn’t the only improvement of the 80’s. During 1982 the association also began to publish the “Kansas Kollator,” a newsletter that helps members keep up on professional advancement and accomplishments, growth and changes at campuses across Kansas, and activities each individual chapter is involved in. In March of 1984 AKCCOP also established a series of mini-grants— scholarships available for active, dues-paying members interested in advancing their education.
In April of 1991, the name of the organization was changed to Association of Kansas Community College Office Professionals. In 2012 at the annual business meeting a motion was made and carried to change the O in AKCCOP from Office to Occupational. This decision was made due to job changes and titles over the years to reflect that all support staff within the College Community can be members of AKCCOP. Today the AKCCOP continues its traditions of growth and service—traditions that can involve you. Over the years, an official AKCCOP website has been created, as well as a Facebook page.
ANNUAL AKCCOP CONFERENCE
Members of the Association of
Kansas Community College Occupational
Professionals look forward
each year to the annual conference.
The conference is held on the campus of one
of the community colleges in Kansas, giving
members a chance to see the
facilities, operations, and atmosphere under
which fellow members work. Invitations to
host the annual conference are issued one or
two years in advance, giving plenty of time
for planning, preparation, and fundraising.
The conference registration fee paid by each
member, also goes to the host location to
help offset expenses. Continuing education
units (CEUs) are given in the form of a
certificate to those who attend the
conference sessions, based on one CEU per
ten contact hours of training provided as
determined by the executive board. Conference
sessions cover a wide variety of topics,
Job skill improvement
Coping with change
The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the standards of the occupational professionals