The National Alliance of Community & Technical Colleges (NACTC) is comprised of progressive community colleges dedicated to facilitating the sharing of ideas and programs. The organization emphasizes networking, problem solving, and cooperative efforts towards addressing issues of common concern.

The NACTC is dedicated to helping member colleges succeed in our rapidly changing world. In today’s information-based global economy, the United States faces imposing problems that can only be addressed through expanded educational opportunities and success. Technical and community colleges, with their commitment to and experience in working with diverse populations, are the essential institutions in educational advancement.

The NACTC emphasizes sharing, networking, and joint development of new educational initiatives.



To become the premier network of transformative community and technical college leaders. 



To provide an inspiring forum for leaders to share innovative ideas and practices that impact the evolving mission of community and technical colleges.

Purpose Statement

NACTC is a member-driven organization that fosters a trusted, collaborative environment to build professional relationships with other members, share best practices and lessons learned, and provide opportunities for organizational and professional development

Value Statements

Diversity and Inclusion: Members actively promote meaningful communication and intentionally embrace individual and group/social differences demonstrated through interactions with one another. 

Student Success: Members offer transformative learning opportunities that actively promote student success.

Ethical Leadership: Members uphold integrity through open, honest, and trustworthy leadership.

Innovation: Members inspire creative solutions to empower member colleges to meet contemporary educational challenges.



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The National Alliance of Community & Technical Colleges was first assembled in 1979 by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE) at Ohio State University. NCRVE sought out those community and technical colleges that were considered leaders in higher education and were forward-thinking and preparing for the future. The Alliance was asked to become an advisory group addressing post-secondary trends and issues. In the 1980s and the early 1990s, the Alliance published on a wide variety of topics, including competency based education, program evaluation, assessment, institutional effectiveness, tech prep, quality improvement, information technology, and diversity. For several years, the Alliance conducted regional workshops on “cutting edge” topics attended by both member and non-member colleges.

In 1996, the Alliance realigned with North Carolina State University’s College of Education and Psychology. Dr. George A. Baker III, a professor in the Department of Adult and Community College Education at NC State, served as the executive director. The move allowed Alliance members to participate in the various programming offered by NC State, including the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE) program.

In 2003, the Alliance moved operations to the University of Florida’s College of Education. Dr. Larry W. Tyree, President Emeritus of Santa Fe Community College and then professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations, served as the Executive Director. Dr. Tyree’s personal charter for the NACTC was to “foster a fresh, diverse, but unified community of Alliance members dedicated to outcomes that will enhance community and technical college leadership, programs, and student centered success.” The Alliance was affiliated with the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida.

In 2005, Dr. Tyree announced his retirement, and Dr. Robert H. McCabe accepted the position of Executive Director of the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges. One of the giants of the community college movement, Bob McCabe led NACTC for ten years, improving the organization’s fiscal health, building partnerships with research universities, and firmly establishing the tradition of two high quality conferences each year. Under Dr. McCabe, the fiscal agent was moved from the University of Florida to Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

After Dr. McCabe’s untimely passing in December 2014, Dr. Terry Sawma, a long-time NACTC Board member who originally recruited Dr. McCabe, served as Interim Executive Director for two years. In August 2016, Dr. Michael B. McCall was appointed as the Executive Director. Dr. McCall was the founding president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College and served in that position for sixteen years before retiring and being named President Emeritus. Dr. McCall has served as a president in Virginia and South Carolina before going to Kentucky. He retired in 2015 after 46 years in community and technical colleges.

Throughout the 40-year history of the Alliance, NACTC conferences have brought the latest innovations in leadership, institutional effectiveness, teaching, and programs to this small yet inclusive group of higher education leaders — offering a more personal networking and group problem-solving atmosphere rarely found in other larger associations.