Leadership Development

March 2020
What is the role of the community college in development of technology to benefit the warfighter and the federal government? Many may assume this is not an initiative that the community college typically supports, but Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, Kansas, begs to differ. Presented with the opportunity to lead a collaborative effort involving multiple federal agencies, the Kansas Small Business Development Center (SBDC), 100+ business owners, private equity partners, and college staff, JCCC has hosted Encountering Innovation Week for the past two years. Encountering...
February 2020
As Valencia College neared the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2017, the pace of work and change was increasing at an exponential rate in higher education, the community college sector, our local community, and within the college itself. In reflecting on, and struggling through, some of the critical challenges to our work, it became clear that we would need new ways of thinking and solving problems to advance the college’s ability to achieve its mission. Developing specific skill and theoretical training around creative thinking and problem solving for our faculty and staff was a...
October 2019
According to Inc. magazine (Curtain, 2017), the number one skill that high paying employers want in employees is the ability to solve complex problems. At Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina, we are striving to help students develop problem-solving skills with the support of staff and faculty across the college through Student Applied Benchmarking (SAB). Students in this program design solutions to problems with the help of college employees. The culmination of this collaborative effort is the SAB Showcase, an event that provides students with the opportunity to...
May 2018
The academic success outcomes of men of color remain deficient in community colleges compared to other student groups (Valliani, 2015). While many men begin their educational journey at community colleges, most African American and Latino men do not reach degree completion (Center for Community College Student Engagement, 2014). Men of color often report that they feel unwelcome in college environments because of negative stereotypes associated with their physical appearance and challenged by academic unpreparedness and financial stress (Gardenhire-Cooks, Collado, Martin, & Castro, 2010;...
April 2018
In 2014, Sierra College, located in Rocklin, CA, was one of the first community colleges in the nation to establish a public/private partnership with Hacker Lab, a Sacramento community-based makerspace, to enhance students’ education through maker experiences. Through a competitive process, Sierra College was awarded a $350,000 CCC Maker Grant in July 2017, renewable for a second year, from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), Workforce and Economic Development Division, under the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework. Sierra College is one of 24 CCC...
January 2016
Snead State Community College began its Presidential Scholars program in 2009 as a leadership development opportunity for incoming students who demonstrated academic excellence. Including the 2015-2016 group, 62 students have received the distinction of Presidential Scholars, and the graduation rate among those completing courses at SSCC is 97 percent. Presidential Scholars represent Snead State at a variety of events, including donor recognition and alumni functions. The students participate in two signature activities each year—completion of the BOLD team building ropes course at Berry...