1. Do you accept applicants from outside of
We will consider strong candidates from out of state who want to
transition to a California CEO-ship.
2. Can I apply with less than two years of experience in
a Vice President-equivalent role?
The Wheelhouse Advancing Leaders Institute is specifically
tailored for individuals with two or more years of experience in
roles equivalent to a Vice Presidency. While we encourage you to
apply, please be aware that the evaluation process takes into
account your “years in seat” as an important consideration.
3. What if my experience is in another system of higher
We will consider strong applicants from outside this system,
especially if they aspire to hold a CEO position within the
California Community College System.
4. Do applicants with experience in roles distinct from
student services and instruction qualify for consideration by
We welcome diverse applicants from various CCC roles in our
program. All applicants need to demonstrate their commitment to
student equity and how their position aligns with the ALI mission.
5. Does my Letter of Recommendation need to be from my
Your Letter of Recommendation can come from anyone of your
choosing who knows you well professionally. As a courtesy, we
recommend confirming with your CEO that you can attend all
6. Is the Letter of Recommendation optional?
No, the Letter of Recommendation is a mandatory component of your
7. Should I still apply if I cannot commit to the
To fully benefit from the institute, it is important to attend
all on-site sessions. If you are unable to make the 2024 dates,
we encourage you to consider applying for Cohort 3 in 2025.
8. What does the scholarship cover?
The Wheelhouse scholarship covers all sessions, supplies, books,
and all meals, except for one “on your own” evening meal.
Participants are responsible for covering their travel and
9. How much preparation is required for each onsite
You can anticipate dedicating 3 to 7 hours of preparation for
each on-site convening.
10. What is involved in the coaching aspect of the ALI
Wheelhouse taps into our network of senior CEOs to provide the
ALI participants with opportunities for group coaching based on
what participants identify as their most important areas of
leadership growth. Participants have the chance to receive
tailored, practical, and supportive coaching in coaching circles
with shared topics and goals.
12. Where can I apply?
The application for the 2024 cohort 2 is now closed. Please
read our web page on Who
Should Apply to understand if the ALI is right for you.