Program prepares community college students to be leaders

Program prepares community college students to be leaders

Twenty-eight community college students from across North Carolina are participating in the 2019-20 Student Leadership Development Program.

The NC Community College System administers the program to enhance students’ leadership qualities and prepare them for professional and civic responsibilities. Each year, up to 30 students receive training in skills that will assist them in becoming better campus leaders and community citizens, and provide a smoother and successful transition into the workforce.

The following students are participating in the program:

  • Alamance Community College – Brice Bowen;
  • Carteret Community College – Pressley Kellum and Nyquan Wilson;
  • Craven Community College – Grace Beauchamp;
  • Durham Technical Community College – Ana Ashley;
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College – Jesse Watts;
  • Forsyth Technical Community College – Jeremy Brown and Jessica Frantz;
  • Gaston College – Clip Echendu and Tyazia Herring;
  • Isothermal Community College – Lauren Street;
  • James Sprunt Community College – Matthew Smith;
  • Pitt Community College – Curtisia Canady and Owen Simpkins;
  • Randolph Community College – Yasmin Cervantes Servin;
  • Roanoke-Chowan Community College – Junious Hunter;
  • Robeson Community College – Miranda Lowery Jones and Brittany Maynor;
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – Joseph Reitano;
  • Sandhills Community College – Autumn Norton;
  • South Piedmont Community College – Laura Rebolledo;
  • Southeastern Community College – Anthony Brown and Khari Smith;
  • Stanly Community College – Dominique Gould;
  • Wake Technical Community College – J’ya Hunter and Brian Yi;
  • Wayne Community College – Logan Matthews;
  • Wilkes Community College – Brian Foster.

The program’s primary session took place June 2-7 at William Peace University in Raleigh and involved workshops, guest speakers, and group and individual projects. Two additional two-day sessions will take place in the fall and spring.

“The Student Leadership Development Program has been tagged ‘mental boot camp’ by past participants,” said Dr. John Evans, NCCCS associate director of student life. “During the week, the students worked tirelessly through the afternoons and evenings to accomplish their group tasks and project. The mini-sessions in the fall and spring will extend leadership training through additional workshops and smaller projects.”

To be eligible for the program, students must be enrolled at a North Carolina community college and have at least one full year of study remaining. Students are nominated by college administrators and then screened by a selection committee. Students must commit for one year and to arrange or facilitate at least two workshops on their campus or in their community.

Student Leadership Development Program participants and staff