Nexus is a program of activities designed to orient new full and part time faculty to state, district and campus policies and procedures, as well as the services and support available on campus for faculty, staff, and students.
First year tenure-track faculty are required to fulfill the agreed number of Flex days for regular full-time faculty (6 days, or 30 hours) plus an additional 20 hours of orientation via the Nexus Program (for total of 50 hours). The Professional Development Office will inform these faculty of their commitments and provide a tracking chart.
Second year tenure-track faculty are required to fulfill the agreed number of Flex days for regular full-time faculty (6 days, or 30 hours) plus an additional 10 hours of orientation via the Nexus Program. This is a continuation of activities shown on the tracking chart.
Required Nexus Activities
The Nexus checklist provides a broad schedule of the activities and workshops that are required of all new tenure-track faculty, including the following:
There is a 2-day District orientation for new employees that occurs in August, just before the Flex days at the beginning of the Fall semester: the first day covers policies and procedures; the second is spent on a bus tour of the District campuses and service area. Faculty will receive a letter from the District Office informing them of these dates and locations. The District does not require these activities, but CCC does. If new faculty cannot attend these activities the first semester of hire, they may attend in a subsequent semester, as long as they are completed by the end of year 2.
There are also tours of our own college: a walking tour of the CCC campus (August flex), and a driving tour of the CCC service area (January flex).
NOTE re: 2013-14: The NEXUS checklist is currently being modified to reflect restructuring of the NEXUS program to have the majority of the required activities on Friday afternoons. For an idea of the areas to be covered, see the Nexus Checklist of Nov. 2012.