THANKS for visiting ACA’s website. Our website has proven to be user-friendly and provides you an opportunity to access your membership information (the website contains a members-only section), view ACA leadership and committee membership, register for a conference, review webinars and plenaries, find post-conference coverage, order publications, inquire about certification, check out ACA standards, and many, many more features. A complete list of staff by department is included so it’s easy for you to contact any of us at any time. We invite you to browse our website and ask you to reach out to us if you have questions or if we can assist you in any way. Hopefully, you will find everything you need and are looking for while exploring the site.

Preparations are underway for Orlando and the Marriott World Center, the site for ACA’s 2018 Winter Conference, Jan. 4-9. Housing and registration opened October 1 – remember to make your hotel reservations early, as the hotel fills up very quickly. Once complete, the Planning Guide will be available on this website, and for the first time, no copies will be mailed unless requested. A postcard announcing this new process was sent to all. Workshops are being selected and committee and affiliate meetings are being placed in our meeting space at the Marriott. Preliminary workshop information will be available in the Planning Guide. Back by popular demand will be the ACA conference app.  Make plans now to join us for this conference, as we ring in the new year!

Congratulations to ACA staff who celebrated their 5-year milestone anniversaries at ACA sometime this year:  30 years--Roberta Gibson, Membership and Publications Manager, Membership & Customer Service Department; and 10 years—Hok Gao, Director, Finance & Human Services Department; Nadine Lee, Administrative Assistant, Standards & Accreditation Department; Kelli McAfee, Director, Conventions Department and Training and Certification Department; and Mary Misisco, Production Association, Conventions Department.

ACA’s World-Class E-Learning Training Program continues to expand its courses. Quality training starts at ACA and gives you an opportunity to develop your skills and boost your opportunities. We offer a state-of-the-art training platform, a media-rich learning experience, new courses, and it is cost-effective. Give us a chance to build your career with ACA training in: security, administration, treatment, leadership and food service. For more information and to view the catalog, please visit our website. If you would like additional assistance, please contact Diane Geiman at 1-800-222-5646 x 0167 or e-mail elearning@aca.org.

The ACAConnect newsletter continues to be sent to members electronically every three to four weeks. Your input for this newsletter is always welcome. If you have information to share or if you aren’t receiving your newsletter, please email Eric Schultz in our Government Affairs Office at legislative@aca.org.

In addition, we are always looking for good articles for Corrections Today magazine. If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please check out the publications area of this website or send an email to submissions@aca.org.

Looking ahead to the holiday season . . . the ACA offices will be closed November 10 in observance of Veterans Day; November 23 and 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday; and Christmas Day – December 25.

Thank you again for visiting our website—your membership is appreciated-thanks for being part of our family!


James A. Gondles, Jr., CAE
Executive Director