Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

09/25/2013 -- CCAC hosts prestigious national community college leadership institutes

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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County will host the 12th Annual Dr. Carolyn Grubbs Williams Leadership Development Institute and The Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership beginning October 13. The joint, six-day gathering is held every year in a different host city and is convened through the National Council on Black American Affairs and the Presidents’ Roundtable of African-American CEOs of Community Colleges—affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges.  The Lakin Institute program is geared toward senior-level administrators seeking a community college presidency, vice presidency or chancellor’s position. It fosters discussions with diverse presidents and executive search consultants and helps participants develop leadership skills in the AACC Core Leadership Competencies of Community College Leaders including professionalism, advocacy, promotion of student success, fundraising and crisis response. This year is the 20th anniversary of the institute and many of its graduates, currently serving as community college presidents, will attend a reunion event while in Pittsburgh.

The national goal is to help educators develop effective search strategies and better understand the rewards and challenges of senior leadership in an institution. The LDI for mid-level administrators is designed for individuals from underrepresented groups who are interested in pursuing higher-level positions in higher education, including college presidencies. The program’s goal is to prepare participants to be strong candidates for deanships, vice presidencies, presidencies and chancellorships.

In addition, Pittsburgh was selected to host the 30th Anniversary of the Presidents’ Roundtable and its Minority Males Institute for 50 community college students from across the United States. This program is designed to promote retention of students who are most at risk for success in completing their degrees. The Men of Color Student Leadership Institute is an intensive two-and-a-half day leadership seminar sponsored by the Presidents’ Roundtable for selected men enrolled in one of the minority male student programs across the country. The student track will focus on the following: 1) self-image; 2) college completion and career readiness; 3) personal health and wellness; 4) entrepreneurship; 5) development of their independent nature and lifestyle; 6) financial literacy; and 7) parenting and relationships. Students selected for the institute must have at least a 2.8 college GPA and be actively engaged in their communities.

“We are extremely honored to be this year’s host of these prestigious leadership development institutes. With 40% of all community college presidents scheduled to retire in the next five years, it is imperative that college leaders prepare diverse individuals to step into senior leadership positions in higher education. Community colleges are the gateway to higher education for most African-American college students in this county. It is important students see that the makeup of college staff, faculty and presidents reflect the wider community surrounding our institutions, said Charlene Newkirk, JD, president, CCAC South Campus and coordinator, The Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership. “Due to how the institutes are structured, participants will be able to maximize their professional development opportunities by immersing themselves in the learning process. It is our hope that graduates of these institutes will assume positions of ever-increasing leadership within their respective community college systems across the nation.”  

The week-long program will have more than 160 participants in attendance representing 50 community colleges. “This year’s gathering will bring together diverse leaders, many of them African-Americans, of the future,” said Bonita L. Richardson, assistant to the president, board relations, policy and events, CCAC. “What they learn during their week in Pittsburgh will help them prepare for what we hope will be a vibrant career dedicated to advancing the core mission of our nation’s community colleges.”           

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to nearly 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.

About the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA) and its affiliates
The National Council on Black American Affairs is a council of the American Association of Community Colleges. The NCBAA evolved over 30 years ago, during a time of great social, political, cultural and educational change in the United States. African-Americans and other groups that were underrepresented traditionally were enrolling in increasing numbers. Community colleges were being established at the rate of one per week.

In 1968, an ad hoc Black Caucus was organized during the annual convention of AACC, to address the changing needs in higher education. That caucus became the NCBAA—one of the first affiliated councils of AACC. The National Council on Black American Affairs serves as a collaborative voice, promoting the academic success of African-American students, faculty, staff and administrators.

The Presidents’ Roundtable of African-American CEOs of Community Colleges is an affiliate organization of the NCBAA. Founded in 1983, the roundtable is an unique organization of community college chief executive officers. Priorities of the organization include the successful matriculation of African-American students and employment opportunities for African-Americans in community colleges across the nation with special emphasis on grooming future presidents. One of the roundtable’s signature programs is The Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership. Many of the graduates of the Lakin Institute have gone on to become college presidents or have advanced to higher level positions in the ranks of community colleges. For more information, go to www.theprt.org.