Aspire: a strong desire to achieve or become something

AspirePCC is the College’s new year-long leadership institute that helps Lancers like you enhance their confidence and capacity to be the leader they want to be.  Whether that means growing in your current position, advancing into a new role, joining a committee, or inspiring leadership in others, AspirePCC is for you.

AspirePCC is rooted in a simple set of assumptions:

  • PCC’s commitment to racial equity, and other institutional goals, requires impactful leaders on multiple fronts
  • Impactful leaders are made, not born
  • Becoming an impactful leader requires ongoing learning
  • Connecting to a network of leaders enables access to new ideas and support that in turn fosters innovation

The Application window is closed for AY 22-23.


AspirePCC is for Classified Staff, Faculty, and Administrators. 

AspirePCC will build your theoretical knowledge and skillsets related to leadership.  As part of a 25-person cohort, you will explore literature on various leadership topics, engage with a wide range of leaders from inside and outside PCC, and collaborate in designing solutions for real PCC organizational challenges.  Through these experiences, you will refine your leadership identities and broaden your leadership network within and beyond PCC.  Whether you are seeking to advance into a formal leadership role or simply expand your capacity for leading within your current position, this program will prepare you for greater success.

In AspirePCC, you will learn about and spend time practicing a variety of leadership actions (e.g., analyzing data, fostering engagement, giving and receiving feedback, managing conflict, presenting/facilitating, etc.), and you will do so through a framework that recognizes the ways in which race, gender, sexual orientation, and other forms of identity intersect with leadership.  You will also examine some of the core aspects of the California Community College System and their relevance when leading at an institution like PCC.  The following texts will be key resources when pursuing these learning objectives, and you will be provided with a copy of each book:

  • Reframing Organizations, 7th Edition (2021) – Bolman and Deal
  • From Equity Talk to Equity Walk (2020) – McNair, Bensimon, and Malcom-Piqueux
  • A College for All Californians (2021) – Boggs and Galizio

AspirePCC will occur from 9:00am-4:00pm, on each of the following Fridays:

September 30
October 21
December 2
January 20
February 24
March 24
April 14

Joyce Miyabe and Jason Robinson will facilitate AspirePCC. 

Joyce Miyabe retired from PCC in 2021 after nearly 30 years in the California Community College System. Her career started at Citrus College, where she led the transition from a legacy information technology system (ITS) to Banner.  At PCC, Joyce guided the ITS team in a major Banner upgrade and then the transition to cloud hosting.  Joyce emphasizes relationship building in her leadership approach and has broad experience developing relationships that are helpful for achieving work-related goals at the local level and across the California Community College system.  Joyce’s parents were interned during World War II, and she was the first in her family to attend college.

Jason is the inaugural Director of Professional and Organizational Development at PCC and has been at the College for almost five years.  Prior to PCC, Jason completed stints as a research assistant at USC’s Center for Urban Education, and a Vice Principal in Shanghai, China.  Jason’s leadership approach draws heavily on a coaching model that calls for authentic listening, providing feedback and support, and empowering others to identify their own solutions and next steps.  He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy and a M.S. in K-12 Education Leadership.  Jason grew up on a farm in Canada and currently keeps busy chasing his one- and two-year-old boys. 

  • You will enhance your confidence and leadership skillsets
  • You will gain access to a community of similarly oriented leaders
  • You will receive three leadership books to support you on your leadership journey
  • If you are Faculty, you will complete three continuing education credits that can be used for salary class advancement
  • If you are Classified Staff, you will earn a conference-travel credit that can be used for conference travel in the next academic year
  • You will have the opportunity to collaborate in designing solutions to real PCC problems, including those related to racial equity

If you are interested in being part of the inaugural AspirePCC cohort, please complete our online application by the end of day, September 16.


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