MCC LEADS: A new leadership development program for students

Students who want to grow their leadership skills have a new and exciting opportunity this fall as the college launches the MCC LEADS Academy.

The program, designed by the Campus Life & Leadership coordinators, is targeted to help MCC students develop their leadership skills over the course of their education.

Caitlin Mountjoy, MCC-Penn Valley SGA president

Caitlin Mountjoy, an MCC-Penn Valley student and the Student Government Association president on her campus, has just started the program.

“I’m ecstatic for MCC LEADS, because as a student leader I’m constantly growing and looking for new ways to improve my skills set,” Mountjoy says. “This program allows me and every other MCC student to just do that and more. I can’t wait to see what MCC LEADS has in store for us.”

The program is intended to improve the overall experience of students on the MCC campuses and give them much-needed guidance to prosper after graduation. LEADS stands for Leadership + Education + Achievement + Diversity = Success.

“MCC LEADS is intended to provide students with opportunities to become more engaged on their campuses at the same time as developing the skills that will help them be successful throughout their college experience and beyond as they develop their careers,” says Kathrine Swanson, MCC vice chancellor for student success and engagement.

“Given the skills gap that many employers identify, students who take advantage of MCC LEADS will have an edge in the marketplace.”

There will eventually be three tiers of MCC LEADS, but this year the program is focused on helping students become well versed in their own strengths, collaborating with groups and giving back to their community.

Students can go through the program at their own pace, participating in interactive activities that include writing prompts, quizzes, reading assignments and even interviews.

Students can participate in MCC LEADS in person, online or both. There are community service hours required: a minimum of four hours of service at two events.

Workshops will cover topics such as:

  • Exploring Leadership
  • Developing the Authentic You
  • Effective Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Conflict with Civility

Mindy Pettegrew, who oversees the Campus Life & Leadership coordinators, says they did a great job thinking through what students need and making sure all students can take part.

“Those who take advantage of MCC LEADS will have an opportunity to connect to their campus in a different way,  learn more about themselves and build skills that will help them while they are at MCC and beyond,” Pettegrew says. “It is something we’ve talked about for a long time and to see it come to fruition is exciting.”

Students who would like to learn more about MCC LEADS should contact the Campus Life & Leadership Office on their campus.